Monday, April 20, 2009

Statue of Liberty: Cool facts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are facts I bet you do not know about the Statue of Liberty:
  • The weight of one fingernail is 3.5 pound
  • The Statue of Liberty is on the one million dollar bill.
  • It was shipped in the French frigate "Isere"
  • At 50 mph wind it sways 3 inches
  • It takes 354 steps (22 stories)to get to the top
  • Each of the 1350 iron bars were replaced by stainless-steel bars because the iron bars were all severely corroded.
  • The base of the pedestal is a 11-point star
  • Liberty Island was known as Bedloe's Island till 1956
  • Champion Fundraiser for the Pedestal: Joseph Pulitzer
  • The Statue of Liberty's original torch is now on display at the monument's museum.
  • The 25 windows found in the crown symbolize gemstones found on earth
  • This a poem on the pedestal:

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.

From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

  • It took 15 years to build the Statue of Liberty
  • There are hundreds of other Statues of Liberty that have been erected all around the globe.
  • The statue was assembled twice
  • Civil War General Sherman selected the statue's location
  • The statue functioned as a lighthouse
  • The statue was the tallest iron structure ever erected
  • he copper "skin" is only 3/32ths of an inch thick
  • The U.S. Congress once appropriated money to paint the statue.
  • In 1906, the Congress of the United States voted to appropriate $62,000 to paint the statue.
  • The copper patina is preserving the statue
  • The flame has been changed three times
  • Lady Liberty stands amidst broken shackles.


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