By Dennis Cassinelli
Human beings throughout history have always been attracted to and been obsessed by, mountains, pyramids and obelisks.
Ever since Moses climbed Mount Ararat to receive the Ten Commandments, people have looked toward the highest peaks in their territory with awe.
Even when I was a hunter years ago, we knew the biggest bucks were always to be found near the highest peaks in the mountain ranges of Nevada.
And then, there are pyramids. In 1843, John C. Fremont saw the massive tufa formation on the shore of a desert lake he named Pyramid Lake because it reminded him of the Egyptian Pyramids.
When I was in college, a friend of mine and I went to the lake and climbed to the top of the pyramid because we were fascinated by it. We could feel the warmth of the hot spring coming up from the tufa that had formed the pyramid. This foolishness is no longer allowed by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.
Pyramid building is not something performed only in the Old World countries of Egypt and Sudan.
There are pyramid-like structures in China and other Southeast Asian countries. In the “New World” countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru among others, there are many ancient pyramids built by the Aztecs, Mayans and other cultures.
Egyptian obelisks are tall, narrow monuments with four sides that taper into a pyramid at the top. They were built by pharaohs between about 4,000 and 2,600 years ago.
Over the years after the decline of Ancient Egypt, all but a few of the obelisks were taken away to be erected in other countries. France, Israel, Poland, Turkey and the United States each have one.
At the Nevada State Hospital in Sparks, I was involved in the placement of a memorial obelisk that bears plaques on each of the four sides with the names of 800 people interred there. There is a photo of this on my website.
Many cities including Buenos Aires have spectacular modern obelisks. Human beings seem to have a certain fascination with the phallic shape of an obelisk.
The largest obelisk in the world happens to be the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. Constructed in phases between 1848 and 1884, it stands over 555 feet high and cost $1,187,710 to build.
The pyramid at the top is aluminum and is connected to the metal framework inside the masonry to act as a lightning rod.
This article is by Dayton Author and Historian, Dennis Cassinelli, who can be contacted on his blog at denniscassinelli.com. All Dennis’ books sold through this publication will be at a discount plus $3.00 for each shipment for postage and packaging.