While the Monument was being built, notices of its construction and completion were often placed in the newspaper to inform the public about its progress. These notices sometimes included facts about its height or materials. Soon after it was completed small brochures and broadsides began to appear outlining its dimensions and other facts. How tall is it? Where did the marble come from? How many steps are there? Who served on the original Board of Managers? Using laser scanning and calculations, the Conservancy was for the time able to determine how much the statue of Washington weighs.