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Thursday, October 21, 2004
Built: 1907 - 1910
Highlights: 252 foot tower, a good cardio workout with 116 steps and 60 ramps, tallest granite structure in the United States, great panoramic views.
Address: High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, MA, 02657
Hours: April 1 thru November 30, 2005 - 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (last admission), Extended hours during July and August - 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. (last admission), Pilgrim Monument will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, 2005.
Admission: $7 – adults, $5 – senior citizens (62 and older), $5 – students (15 and older) with ID, $3.50 – children 4-14, free admission – members and children 3 and under, free admission to all - Sundays 9 a.m. – noon
Phone: (508) 487-1310
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Inspired by the Mayflower Pilgrims who's first landfall occurred near Provincetown, MA, the citizens of Cape Cod were intent on building a memorial dedicated to this historic event. In 1902, High Pole Hill was selected as the site for the Pilgrim Monument. Five years later, in 1907, a design was selected and work on the monument's foundation was completed. President Theodore Roosevelt presided over the laying of the cornerstone that same year. The following year, in 1908, official construction began, and the stacking of the monument's large 4000 pound granite blocks commenced.
The last stone was placed in 1909, completing the monument's exterior. 1910 was dedicated to completing the monument's interior space, comprising a system of 116 steps and 60 ramps. On August 5, 1910, the monument was dedicated and opened to the general public, presiding at the ceremony was President William H. Taft.
The construction of the monument was successful in many ways, including the fact that not a single workman was injured or killed during its creation. It has also been successful in holding onto the record for being the tallest granite structure in the United States. The monument stands a tall 252 feet above High Pile Hill, and 350 feet above sea level.
In addition to the monument itself, access to the Provincetown Museum is included with your admission ticket, providing detailed information about the Pilgrim Monument as well as exhibits and displays that delve into the area's rich history and lore.
Hey, you got your sneakers on? Are you ready to climb a multitude of steps and ramps to get to the top of Pilgrim Monument? If so, come with me, the tour is starting!
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