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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Grant's Tomb

One of New York City's most praised and honored places and also a sight that don't often come to mind when thinking about traveling to tour the big apple is the civil war's U.S. union general and 18th president Ulysses S. Grant tomb site. Designed by John Duncan it's located inside Riverside Park which is right next to 122nd street and the intersection of Riverside Drive. The marble and granite memorial was finished in 1897 and was the biggest mausoleum in the U.S. at that time. It was designed after Mausolus Halicarnassus tomb which is one of the seven wonders of the world. The Grant tomb is not only a national landmark. It is a big part of new York city and the rest of this country's history. The memorial is controlled and maintained by the National Park Services and has undergone a 1.8 million dollar resoration in April 0f 97. Other interesting facts about the tomb are that it hold the remains of Grants wife Julia Dent Grant. His funeral parade had a seven mile long stretch with over a million people attending. Not only is the tomb a great sightseeing stop, the park and the view of the Hudson river makes this site a great attraction and a definite add-on for the tour list.
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