June 24, 2011

Lady Liberty

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.

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