Benjamin Franklin Memorial Obelisk - Watertown, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 22.425 W 071° 08.778
19T E 323288 N 4693505
Quick Description: The Benjamin Franklin Memorial Obelisk is cenotaph located on a hillside between Pine Avenue and gentian Path in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/21/2017 4:01:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMW0CA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 1

Long Description:

The Benjamin Franklin Memorial Obelisk is a 25' tall granite cenotaph erected ca. 1855 by philanthropist Thomas Dowse to commemorate Benjamin Franklin, a man he greatly admire for his "illustrious example of industry, integrity, and self-culture."

The obelisk is sited at the edge of a steep hill. The base on the east side is level with the top of the hill. The west side of the obelisk is approached by a flight of stairs. The obelisk shaft on the east side is inscribed FRANKLIN. The west side contains the inscription:

TO THE MEMORY
OF
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
THE PRINTER
THE PHILOSOPHER
THE STATESMAN
THE PATRIOT
WHO
BY HIS WISDOM
BLESSED HIS COUNTRY & HIS AGE
AND
BEQUEATHED TO THE WORLD
AN ILLUSTRIOUS EXAMPLE
OF
INDUSTRY
INTEGRITY
AND
SELF-CULTURE

BORN IN BOSTON MDCCVI
DIED IN PHILADELPHIA MDCCXC

Location Type: Other

Established Date: 1/1/1855

Property Type: Private

Fee required: no

Location Notes:
Mount Auburn Cemetery entrance 580 Mount Auburn Avenue Cambridge, MA


Reference Web Site: Not listed

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