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The Monument of States, located in Kissimmee, Florida is a towering tribute to the unity of the United States. It is a great place to visit with your family to learn more about the history of the U.S. and to see a unique piece of art that commemorates the states.
Kissimmee, Florida Monument of the States Roadside Attraction
After the attack on Pearl Harbor in WWII, local artist and tourism booster, Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis sought a way to unify the American people. He did so by writing and sending letters to each of the governors’ in all 50 states, requesting that they send him a rock from their state.
The governors’ responded favorably and he soon had the rocks he had asked for. President Franklin Roosevelt even sent a rock from Hyde Park. Bressler-Pettis mortared the rocks from around the country onto concrete slabs along with the donor’s name and location.
The result is what is known as the Monument of the States, a proud display of one man’s vision in Kissimmee, Florida.
In addition to a rock from each of the 50 states, there are also rocks from 21 foreign countries, as well as pieces from Bressler-Pettis’ private collection of rocks gathered during his personal travels. Rock isn’t the only material you’ll find in this unusual construction. If you look closely you’ll discover meteorites, fossils, stalagmites, petrified wood, teeth and even a bit of bone.
Some of the rocks are very unique, like this representation of the state of Indiana.
The towering 40-foot tall monument in Kissimmee, Florida was dedicated in 1943.
Want to check out the Monument of the States roadside attraction on your own? You’ll find it at 300 East Monument Avenue in Kissimmee, Florida.
If you are heading to Florida, stop into Kissimmee, Florida to visit this unique roadside attraction. The Monument of the States is a great place to stop to teach your kids more about the history of the United States and the unique culture of each different state represented.