Quiz: 90% of people can't name these popular U.S. monuments from their image. Can you?
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90% of people can't name these popular U.S. monuments from their image. Can you?
By: Narra Jackson
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About This Quiz

We're going to the Washington Memorial and the Lincoln Monument! If that sounds wrong, it's because it is! While most people like you would instantly recognize that wrong statement, could you point out the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial?

Are you caught up in your own state? If you live in larger states like New York and California, you might be too busy traveling to Central Park or Hollywood, respectively. Even living in a smaller state, you might find yourself visiting nearby towns, but have you ventured out?

With over a 120 monuments located in the United States, there's a big probability that you haven't visited most of them, but you could probably recognize them! 

Of course, a statue of Abraham Lincoln might give you an idea of the monument, but what about the World War II Memorial? You might be able to recognize the four sculptures of president's heads, but can you name it?

There are countless numbers of historical sites in the United States, but have you stepped out long enough to see them? Sure, you've heard of Fort Sumter, but what does it look like? You might've learned about sequoias, but could you pick the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, out of a lineup?

84% of people haven't explored the United States, but we have a feeling that you have. Are you ready to prove it? Let's travel!



The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, took more than 50 years to build and open to the public. The train station was a proposed location for the memorial.

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota is a massive accomplishment. Over 90% of Mount Rushmore was carved using dynamite. The blasts removed approximately 450,000 tons of rock. Details were finished with jackhammers and hand chisels.

The Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania is a symbol of American independence. The original cast was made in London, England, in 1752, by the company Lester and Pack. The strike note the Liberty Bell makes is E flat.

The Washington Monument in Washington, DC, is a monument that commemorates the presidency of George Washington. Plans for the monument began before Washington had become president. The original design was much different than the final product.

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in Missouri is host to the largest arch in the world. The arch is just as wide as it is tall, and visitors can ride to the top. Although the location was chosen for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial as early as 1935, the arch was not completed until 1965.

Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service on Mount Tamalpais, near the Pacific coast. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 12 miles north of San Francisco. It protects 554 acres, half of which are old growth coast redwood.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, is on land that was created by landfill, dredged from the Potomac River. It was once the site of Washington's most popular beaches. It was originally a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt.

The Wright Brothers National Monument, located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine. Wilbur and Orville Wright chose the location based on information from the U.S. Weather Bureau about the area's steady winds.

The Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is a cinder cone, located north of Flagstaff in Arizona. Sunset Crater is the youngest in a string of volcanoes in the San Francisco volcanic field that is related to the nearby San Francisco Peaks.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built without government funds. A college student won the memorial’s design contest. When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was first dedicated three decades ago, Lin’s wall contained the names of 57,939 American servicemen that had lost their lives.

The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona has archaeological evidence that places humans in this area about 1,600 years ago. Remnants of projectile points, seashells, pottery, rock art, and the paths they followed on foot are still carved into the desert floor. It is the only place in the US where organ pipe cactus grows without cultivation.

The Dinosaur National Monument is located on the southeast flank of the Uinta Mountains, on the border between Colorado and Utah, near the Green and Yampa Rivers. This park has over 800 paleontological sites and fossils of dinosaurs, including Allosaurus, Deinonychus, and Abydosaurus.

The De Soto National Memorial in Florida is in Manatee County, 5 miles west of Bradenton. This commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and the first extensive organized exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States.

The Caesar Rodney Statue in Delaware is dedicated to Caesar Rodney, who was a delegate from Delaware and served in the First and Second Continental Congress. Rodney also served as a militia commander in the American Revolutionary War.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, is a presidential memorial dedicated to the memory of FDR, the 32nd President of the United States, and to the era he represents. The monument, spread over 7.5 acres, traces 12 years of US history.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial was authorized by the U.S. Congress on October 28, 1986. The eventual design selected was by the firm Cooper-Lecky Architects. The walls of the triangle are made of more than 100 tons of highly polished Academy Black granite from California.

The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a large ocean of lava in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho. The Monument was established on May 2, 1924. In November 2000, President Clinton greatly expanded the monument area.

The Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings near the town of Camp Verde, Arizona. The dwellings were built and used by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture closely related to the Hohokam and other indigenous people.

The Cedar Breaks National Monument is a natural amphitheater that stretches across 3 miles and has a depth of over 2,000 feet. The elevation of the rim of the amphitheater is 10,000 feet above sea level. Its rim visitor center is open from June through October.

Devils Tower was the first National Monument in the United States, declared in 1906 by President Teddy Roosevelt. More than 150 rock climbing routes have been established on Devils Tower. Devils Tower is more than four football fields tall.

The Governors Island National Monument in New York is a site of the Native Americans in the Manhattan region referred to the island as Paggank or "nut island," likely after the island's plethora of hickory, oak, and chestnut trees.

The Oak Alley Plantation is a historic plantation located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, in the community of Vacherie, St. James Parish. Oak Alley is named for its canopied path - a double row of southern oak trees about 800 feet long - that was planted in the early 18th century

The White Sands National Monument is entirely made up of gypsum crystals that form dunes, stretching over 275 square miles. The idea to make this area a National Park was first thought of way back in 1898. The park is on the Register of Historic Places.

The Arlington House in Virginia is on a hillside rising above the Potomac River and overlooking Washington, DC. The 19th-century mansion seems out of place amid the more than 250,000 military gravesites that surround it.

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is in east-central Oregon. It is located in the John Day River basin and managed by the National Park Service. It has well-preserved layers of fossils that lived in the region between the Eocene, about 45 million years ago, and the Miocene, about 5 million years ago.

The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is a historic American coastal star-shaped fort, best known for its role in the War of 1812 when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in 1814.

The Fort Pulaski National Monument in Georgia took 18 years to build, from 1829-1847. Around 25,000,000 bricks were used to construct Fort Pulaski. Fort Pulaski's moat averages seven to eight feet deep. After 1862, Fort Pulaski was used as a military and political prison.

The Fort Matanzas National Monument in Florida was designated a United States National Monument on October 15, 1924. The monument consists of a 1740 Spanish fort called Fort Matanzas, as well as about 100 acres of salt marsh and barrier islands.

The Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico is preserving history that extends back over 10,000 years, when nomadic hunter-gatherers followed migrating wildlife across the mesas and canyons. By 1150 CE, Ancestral Pueblo people began to build more permanent settlements.

Fort Frederica National Monument, on St. Simons Island in Georgia, preserves the archaeological remnants of a fort and town built by James Oglethorpe between 1736 and 1748 that was made to protect the southern boundary of the British colony of Georgia from Spanish raids.

Fort Sumter National Monument is a sea fort in Charleston, South Carolina. It is notable for two battles of the American Civil War. It was one of a number of special forts planned after the War of 1812. Aesthetically high walls and heavy masonry were important as a grade of structural integrity.

The Federal Hall National Memorial in New York is the building that serves as a museum and memorial to the first President of the United States and the beginnings of the country. It was where the United States Bill of Rights was introduced in the First Congress. The original building was demolished in 1812.

The Wupatki National Monument in Arizona is rich in Native American ruins. The monument is administered by the National Park Service in connection with the nearby Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Wupatki was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.

The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Hawaii is a US National Monument honoring events, people, and sites of the Pacific Theater engagement of the United States during World War II.

The Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial in Washington, DC, is the only memorial dedicated to the 26th president in the nation’s capital. The architectural memorial and the restored natural landscape surrounding it together form a living memorial to the man known as the “Great Conservationist.”

The Johnstown Flood National Memorial in Pennsylvania commemorates the 2,200 people who died in the Johnstown Flood on May 31, 1889, which was caused by a break in the South Fork Dam, a natural earth-made structure. This preserves the remains of the dam and portions of the former Lake Conemaugh bed.

The El Malpais National Monument is located in western New Mexico, in the Southwestern United States. The name El Malpais comes from the Spanish term Malpaís, meaning badlands, because of the extremely barren and dramatic volcanic field that covers most of the park.

The Castle Clinton National Monument was once known as Castle Garden. It is a circular sandstone fort in Battery Park. It is best remembered as America's first immigration station, where more than 8 million people arrived in the U.S. from 1855 to 1890.

Castillo De San Marcos, is located on the shore of Matanzas Bay in Florida. It is the oldest masonry fort in the United States.

The Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia is a prehistoric American Indian site. American Indians first came here during the Paleo-Indian period, hunting Ice Age mammals. Many different American Indian cultures occupied this land for thousands of years.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, DC, boasts a centerpiece called the Stone of Hope. It features a 30-foot statue of Martin Luther King that is looking toward the Tidal Basin and the horizon. The Stone of Hope is cut out of a larger boulder called the Mountain of Despair, which serves as the entryway to the memorial.

The Cabrillo National Monument is located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542.

The Colorado National Monument in Colorado is host to canyons as deep as 500 feet and rock monoliths as tall as 450 feet. Construction of Rim Rock Drive began in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was completed in the 1950s.

The World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, is comprised of granite, bronze, and water. Each wall contains many famous quotes from various historic figures. The wall of stars on the memorial totals 4,048.

The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana preserves the site of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. It's also a memorial to those who fought in the battle: George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry and Lakota-Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho force.

Fort Caroline National Memorial was one of the first French colonies in the present-day United States, located on the banks of the St. Johns River in what is now Jacksonville, Florida. In 1953, the National Park Service established the Fort Caroline National Memorial.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie that happened near Ohio's South Bass Island, where Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led a fleet to victory in one of the most significant naval battles to occur in the War of 1812.

The LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac in Washington, DC, sits both on the Potomac River and by the Mount Vernon Trail, which runs from George Washington's estate, Mount Vernon, to Theodore Roosevelt Island. It is named after Lyndon B. Johnson's wife in 1968 for her work in beautifying the Capital and surrounding areas.

Walnut Canyon National Monument in Arizona is a United States National Monument located about 10 miles southeast of downtown Flagstaff. It is on the Colorado Plateau and cuts through the Permian Kaibab Limestone, which shows the Toroweap Formation and Coconino Sandstone.

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