McKinley Memorial.

World's First Memorial to Slain McKinley

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Tower, Minnesota

This monument shows that being first does not necessarily mean being best. Dedicated on November 15, 1901, only two months after the assassination of President McKinley, it's a bare-bones 18-foot-tall concrete obelisk atop a pile of rocks, engraved "Our Martyred President." An attached iron plaque prominently displays the date. It supposedly cost $12,000, which for the time seems like a lot of money for what it produced.

The governor of Minnesota spoke at the monument's dedication in front of a crowd of several thousand people. It was built by the National Iron Company, whose owner was a pal of McKinley.

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World's First Memorial to Slain McKinley

Address:
404 Pine St., Tower, MN
Directions:
On Poirier Rd, in the park just to the left of the Tower Depot Train Museum.
Admission:
Free
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