Last Friday, an unidentified person threw green paint on the Lincoln Memorial. Earlier today, a woman was arrested in connection with the act.
The Lincoln Memorial, which alone had nearly 6.2 million visitors last year, is not just the most visited presidential monument or memorial in the country, but the most visited memorial or monument of any kind in the country. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed some of the other memorials and monuments devoted to the U.S. presidents. Each site gets an average of more than 100,000 visitors each year, and combined, they get more than 13 million a year. Based on numbers from the National Park Service, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the seven presidential monuments and memorials that had the most visitors last year.
While most presidents, particularly the famous ones, have several historic visitor sites located all over the country, these are usually located at places that are specifically notable to the life of the president they are honoring. An example is the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, which gets more than 150,000 visitors each year.
These seven monuments and memorials, on the other hand, are based primarily in Washington, D.C., where these men served, and where a larger number of visitors can be expected. Four of the top five memorials are located in Washington on or nearby the National Mall.
Most of these monuments were built in the late 19th century or in the first half of the 20th century. These monuments are all large, marble structures with columns. The few built after the 1950s, including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove, are less traditional. The FDR Memorial features a group of statues forming a bread line, commemorating the president’s actions during the Great Depression.
Combined, these memorials and monuments dedicated to presidents account for close to half of the combined 30.5 million visitors to national memorials and monuments each year. Other popular locations include sites dedicated to wars, like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memorial also receives more than 2.6 million visitors each year.
Based on the National Park Service’s database of places, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the seven most popular memorials dedicated to presidents. To make the list, the site needed to receive more than 100,000 visitors each year, based on a five-year average between 2008 and 2012.