The Bunker Hill Monument is a monument erected at the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill in Boston, Massachusetts, which was among the first major battles between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War. The 221-foot granite obelisk was erected between 1825 and 1843 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, with granite from nearby Quincy conveyed to the site via the purpose-built Granite Railway, followed by a trip by barge. There are 294 steps to the top.
An exhibit lodge built near the base of the monument in the late 19th century houses a statue of fallen hero Dr. Joseph Warren. Bunker Hill is one of the sites along the Freedom Trail and is part of Boston National Historical Park.
While in Boston I was able to get over to the Bunker hill monument. Let me tell you the 294 steps are a work to go up, there is no elevator so to get to the top you have to earn it. Let me tell you I did. What made it even crazier is that it is a spiral staircase the whole way up, so if you get really moving on the way up it can actually make you a bit dizzy, or maybe that was just the exercise.
Once at the top you get a view over the one time battlefield, sadly with the small windows it was tough getting pictures.
For those who do not know the battle of Bunker hill, here is a short synopsis. During the revolution, the colonists learned of British plans to fortify Bunker hill and others to help in an assault of Boston. Of course Boston was a major city supporting the revolution, some could argue the first to actual become independent of the empire.
So the colonists, upon learning this, they headed to the hills to set up strategic positions ahead of the British. This led to the British attacking colonist positions to gain the hillside and thus the advantage. While the British did win the battle it came with great losses.
Also credited to this battle is the quote "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes", though know one knows who to attribute the quote or if it was really said.
Hope everyone likes the pictures.