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Monument of States

This landmark located in Kissimmee was conceived as a symbol of unity during World War II.

The Monument of States was built in 1943 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was designed by local resident Charles W. Bressler-Pettis as a symbol of solidarity in response to the attack, and as a unique tourist attraction that would draw visitors to Kissimmee.

The monument was built entirely by volunteers and consists over 1,500 rocks and other objects from all over the world. Pettis sent letters to the governor of each state seeking rock donations from each state. The monument grew to include rocks from each state along with 21 foreign countries. Perhaps most significantly President Franklin D. Roosevelt contributed a rock from his estate in New York.  In 2001 the Monument of States received a major restoration after years of neglect, and in 2015 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Monument of States is located in downtown Kissimmee, approximately half an hour south of downtown Orlando. It is free to visit the monument and it is accessible 24 hours a day. You can find more cool things to see near Orlando using our Interactive Map.

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Monument of States

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