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Two years after the Washington Monument sustained damage in an earthquake, electricians were called in to add lights to the scaffolding used during its restoration. This posed a problem for Jesse Brown, because he was afraid of heights. Konrad Andrews/Flickr hide caption

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National Geodetic Survey crew members Roy Anderson, left, and Steve Breidenbach set up survey equipment used to measure the height of the Washington Monument. National Geodetic Survey/NOAA hide caption

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Monday night when the lights came on, visitors came to see a glowing Washington Monument. Jonathan Ernst /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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NPR's Trina Williams on the lighting of the Washington Monument

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