Monday, June 18, 2012

It Has Rained the Biggest Part of the Evening

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Postmarked June 1?, 1939
11:35 C.S.T.
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Soldier and Sailors Monument was dedicated in 1902. The website for the Colonel Eli Lily Civil War Museum explains:
Recognized as one of the world's outstanding monuments, the structure has come to symbolize both the City of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. The Limestone used for the monument is gray oolitic limestone from the Romona quarries of Owen County. It stands 284 feet, 6 inches high, only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. It cost $598,318 in 1902. It has been estimated that building a similar structure today would cost more than five hundred million dollars.
Dear Folks. Having a grand time. It has rained the biggest part of the evening but nice now. Went to P-- for supper and to the rehearsal. Came back got our bags and checked in at the hotel. Our bags didn't arrive till the next bus. Will write you all about it later. This statue is a block from the hotel. Love, Lillian
Solder and Sailors Monument 

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