Grant's Tomb became a national disgrace as it fell victim to vandalism and apathy.
Graffiti was extensive. So was drug and alcohol use. The tomb also was used as a bathroom and shelter by the homeless.
Other desecrations occurring at the site included use of explosives (periodically used to blow the beak off the Tomb's granite eagles), littering, apparent prostitution, animal sacrifice, and damage to the structure itself.
On top of this was the uncorrected deterioration that comes with neglect, including discoloration and water damage in the rotunda and cracking throughout the granite plaza in front of the tomb.
Fortunately, the story would not end here, and Grant's Tomb had another chapter in its future: