Washington Monument through the years

POSTED: 06:31 AM PDT May 12, 2014    UPDATED: 06:55 AM PDT May 12, 2014 

The Washington Monument is reopening to the public today for the first time since 2011. Take a look back at its storied history.

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The Washington Monument reopens to the public today for the first time since an earthquake closed it in 2011. Completed in 1884, it was created as a show of gratitude to George Washington, whom many call the country's most essential Founding Father. Here's a look back at its history:

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