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On a gin-clear day you can see the Pilgrim Monument with the naked eye from the Sea Dream and Moonglow rooms at our Cape Cod Inn. Erected between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the Pilgrims’ first landing in Provincetown in 1620, it sits on High Pole Hill, which was deeded to the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial by the town of Provincetown in 1902 to be used as the site for the monument. At 252 feet tall, it is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States and rises 350 feet above sea level. The granite for the structure came from Stonington, Maine, and was patterned after the Torre Del Mangia in Siena, Italy.
President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the monument on August 20, 1907 and President William H. Taft led the dedication ceremony after the monument’s completion on August 5, 1910. Thousands of visitors from around the world come to Provincetown each year to climb the116 stairs and 60 ramps to the top of the monument. Not an easy task to be sure, but the view from the top is well worth the effort.
August 5th, 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Pilgrim Monument and organizers have planned a weeklong series of events to celebrate the occasion starting July 31st. Sure to be a spectacular celebration of this landmark occasion, efforts are underway to convince President Barack Obama to be at the rededication ceremony. You can join this letter writing campaign by copying the invitation to the President and mailing or emailing it under your own signature.