Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Pilgrim Monument - Part 2

I'd climbed to the top of Provincetown's Pilgrim Monument. According to the pamphlet I'd been given upon admission, the granite structure had been built between 1907 and 1910. Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone and William Taft led the dedication ceremony:

The monument was built to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims on November 21, 1620:

The tower is more than 252 feet tall and 350 feet above sea level. The view of the Provincetown wharfs was terrific:

With many windows around the perimeter of the monument, I could snap pictures in every direction:

And the narrow tip of Cape Cod was evident:

And the Atlantic Ocean was visible in every direction:

Here's a brief video taken looking out several of the windows. There's nothing to hear but howling winds, so you won't miss anything if you turn down your speakers:

I was glad that I didn't have a fear of heights. I was also glad I'd decided to once again explore the view from the top of the Pilgrim Monument:

But it came time to leave and I descended the ramps all the way down to the base:

And finally, a video I found on YouTube while uploading mine. It shows the monument's top, interior and museum. It's a fun video, so I thought you might enjoy it. Keep your speakers on for this one, though, as the dialog is fun and witty:

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