Washington Monument replica.

Miniature Washington Monument Replica

Field review by the editors.

Mount Vernon, Illinois

In a city named Mount Vernon, on Potomac Blvd, it's clear that the towering obelisk is meant to be a downsized replica of the Washington Monument. It was built as the focal point of Potomac Park Village, a "mixed use" development of hotels, restaurants, offices, etc. at the junction of Interstates 57 and 64.

The monument does a good job of catching the eye -- it must be 100 feet tall -- but the absence of accompanying signage leaves visitors puzzled.

While we snapped photos, a man had to drag away his screaming child, frustrated that there was no door to get inside so that they could climb the thing.

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Miniature Washington Monument Replica

Address:
600 Potomac Blvd, Mount Vernon, IL
Directions:
Going south on I-57 take Exit 95 and turn right onto E IL HWY 15 then almost immediately turn right onto Potomac Blvd. The Washington Monument replica is across from a mall and movie theater at roughly 600 Potomac Blvd.
Admission:
Free.
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