The past, colorized: Monument rising, circa 1888

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Tim Wager's colorized photo this week is, of course, the Bennington Battle Monument ... or at least a good chunk of the monument. The image was taken circa 1888, during the construction of the 306-foot, 4 1/2-inch obelisk. (Two fun facts: It remains the tallest structure in Vermont, and, thanks to topography, its peak is higher above sea level than that of the 555-foot Washington Monument.) "The band on the left is the Citizens Corps Band of Hoosick Falls, and the military unit is not identified," Wager said. "Band members and military members are all wearing a ribbon, so I'm assuming they are all from Hoosick Falls."



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