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State Archives of Florida
Close-up view of the "Monument of States" roadside attraction in Kissimmee, Florida.
Series 1047 ; Box 10
Shelf number: S1047B10.
The Monument of States, located in Kissimmee, Florida, was begun in 1942 by local tourism booster Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis to demonstrate American unity after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After writing letters to every governor and the U.S. president for rocks and fossil, he had a 50-foot tower constructed representing all 48-states, which was dedicated in 1943. Later rocks from Hawaii and Alaska, as well as 21 countries, were added to the surrounding walkway. In 2001, following the 9-11 attacks, the tower was refurbished.
Chicago Manual of Style
Gaines, James L. Close-up view of the "Monument of States" roadside attraction in Kissimmee, Florida. 1994. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/131503>, accessed 4 December 2022.
Gaines, James L. Close-up view of the "Monument of States" roadside attraction in Kissimmee, Florida. 1994. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/131503>
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(State Archives of Florida/Gaines)