June 29, 2011
June 24, 2011
I know you're probably very knowledgeable about things that are important to Americans, such as Lady Liberty. However, I'm sure I can still tell you at least one thing that you didn't know before or that you had forgotten!
- Lady Liberty has seven rays shining from her crown. They represent the seven seas and continents of the world.
- Liberty Island was called Bedloe's Island before The Statue of Liberty was placed there.
- There are 354 stairs to reach the crown. Or, you can take the elevator!
- Liberty Enlightening the World is the official name the sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, gave to the Statue.
- The total weight of the Statue of Liberty (not including the foundation) is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds).
- Emma Lazarus wrote the poem that is engraved on the base of Lady Liberty. It is called "The New Colossus"--"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
- Lady Liberty has a 35-foot waistline!
- There are 25 windows in the crown.
- Winds of 50 miles per hour cause the Statue to sway up to 3 inches and the torch up to 6 inches.