A new official finding has showed that the famous Washington Monument of 1884 has shrunk almost 10 inches, resulting in its new total height of 554 feet, 7 and 11/32 inches.
The official height of the Washington Monument, which is to be announced on President’s Day, found that the ancient iconic structure in the nation’s capital shrunk beyond expectations in the last 130 years.
Army Lt. Col. Thomas L. Casey, the director of construction, recorded the total measurement of the monument to be 555 feet 5 and 1/8 inches tall when it was dedicated in 1885.
But after 130 years of lightning strikes, an earthquake and other forms of elemental damage resulted in the melting of the monuments tip, making it rounded rather than the perfectly pointed one as it was in 1884.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be announcing the official new height, 554 feet 7 11/32 inches.
Meanwhile, the archaeologists and experts said that the monument’s shorter stature, which was recorded by both National Geodetic Survey and the National Park Service, is mostly because of recording the measurements from a different base point.
Dru Smith of NOAA, said, “It’s remarkable quite honestly that they had the ability to get such an accurate measurement at that time. Back then everything was much more technologically restricted, so I think it’s fantastic that they were able to get such an accurate measurement.”
Meanwhile, the National Park Service said they have no plans to alter their brochures in order to incorporate the new height measurement of the iconic monument.
Park Service spokeswoman Jennifer Anzelmo-Sarles said that the park authorities would continue to use the historic height for our purposes.