Kissimmee: Monument of States

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Monument of States
300 East Monument Avenue, Kissimmee, FL
Lakefront Park, corner of Johnston St. at East Monument Ave.
MAP | Admission: Free.
Hours: Open anytime, but call to verify: 407-847-2821

About | "Begun in 1942 after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Monument of States was the vision of Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis, a local tourism booster, who wanted a physical symbol of American unity in the dark days of early World War II. He wrote letters to every governor and to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to send him local rocks. (No clue where the President got his rock.) The donations arrived in a variety of formats -- blocks of native granite, chunks of quartz, small boulders, fossils, hunks of old buildings. One contributor even sent a human skull." -Roadside America