In the October 2006 issue of THE CONCRETE PRODUCER, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite “must-see” concrete monuments from across the country. Then at World of Concrete in January in Las Vegas, we asked attendees to vote for the favorites. The results are in. Below are the favorites.
Brown County Veterans Memorial, Green Bay, Wis.
This total precast concrete structure was dedicated in 2003 to the veterans of Brown County. It honors veterans from all branches of the armed forces: Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. The monument was paid for by donations from the sale of Tribute Bricks, markers honoring individual veterans. The structure does not honor or glorify war, but shows appreciation to the common men and women who served to protect peace and freedom.
The Parthenon, Nashville, Tenn.
The Parthenon proudly stands as the centerpiece of Centennial Park in Nashville. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon, just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and Athena statue are full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals, which are made of marble. The Nashville version was created from structural reinforced concrete, cast concrete aggregate, brick, and stone. It was built between 1921–31.
American Stonehenge, Maryhill, Wash.
This replica of the famous Stonehenge in England is made of reinforced concrete. Sam Hill, a wealthy railroad executive, built the structure on a lonely bluff overlooking the Columbia River. In building the replica, Hill intended to memorialize the Klickitat County soldiers killed in World War I. He considered it a reminder that “humanity is still being sacrificed to the god of war.”
Cushman/Hewitt/Gifford Monument, Woodstock, Ohio
Cast and sculpted by Warren Cushman in the late 1890s, this monument is dedicated to the men who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. The structure is made of Buckeye Portland Cement, stands 22 feet tall, weighs 62 tons, and took three years to complete. In 1899, the Portland Cement Association placed a full-page picture of the monument in its magazine to publicize the versatility of its product.
High Family Gravestone, Bayham, Mich.
The monument dedicated to the High family, originally from Midland, Mich., and then Bayham Township near Straffordville, Ont., is a 5-foot-high obelisk. The earliest date on it is 1808.
Here is the complete list of monuments, including those from our October issue, so that you can plan a “concrete vacation.”
- USS Arizona Memorial – Honolulu, Hawaii
- International Peace Arch – Blaine, Wash.
- American Stonehenge – Maryhill, Wash.
- Peace Tower – Kelvin, N.D.
- Brown County Veteran's Memorial – Green Bay, Wis.
- Chief Black Hawk – Oregon, Ill.
- The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower – Hartford, Ill.
- Jefferson Davis State Historical Site – Hopkinsville, Ky.
- The Parthenon – Nashville, Tenn.
- The High Family Gravestone – Bayham, Mich.
- Woodstock Civil War Veteran's Memorial – Woodstock, Ohio
- Remembrance Walk – Rochester, N.Y.
- Eric Goodwin Passage – Charlottesville, Va.
— Special thanks to Luke Snell, director of the Concrete Industry Management program at the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, for compiling the information.