Informational (nonfiction), 255 words, Lexile 520L Level 2 Grades 1-2
Robert Mills's design for the Washington Monument was chosen in 1836. Work began on the monument in 1848. The construction ran into many problems along the way. Money ran out so construction stopped. Then people didn't like the design, so they found a new design. The monument finally opened in 1888. Despite all the problems over the years, people found a way to honor George Washington.
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