The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 103, July 1999 - April, 2000 Page: 14
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
With final plans in hand, Finn and Lt. Gov. Walter Woodall went to
Washington to get final approval. In every office, they were asked, "Is it
taller than the Washington Monument?" Finn and Woodull replied,
"No, it is about 5 inches shorter." And it was, depending on where you
measured. And they measured from the first floor of the Museum, which
actually sits fifteen feet above the ground.
But how tall is the San Jacinto Monument? Most accounts, including
the park's own literature, say that it rises 570 feet. Finn put it at 552 feet
from the first floor to the top of the beacon in the "customary way" of
measuring such things. Measuring from sea level, Washington Monu-
ment stands at 596.936 feet, ten feet more than SanJacinto's 586.29.
Well, in 1991, the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, always
in search of the truth, engaged Cotton Surveying Company of Houston
to actually measure it. Their findings: the base of the monument from
its footing to the top of the roadway pavement is 1.41 feet; the distance
from the top of the roadway to the top of the star is 562.29 feet; the dis-
tance from the top of the star to the beacon is 3.61 feet.
So the total height of the Monument from its footing to the top of the
beacon is 567.31 feet. Still taller than the Washington Monument.
[Computer-exaggerated image showing a huge San Jacinto Monu-
ment towering over a small Washington Monument].
[Close with image of Texas Flag].
God Bless Texas.
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