President Cleveland Dedicates the Statue of Liberty

Did you know that Lady Liberty would wear a size 879 shoe if she was a real person? What about the fact that it cost $500,000 (or over $10 million in today’s money) to build the Statue? In honor of the Statue being dedicated this week in 1886, here are some fun facts about the beautiful Statue of Liberty:

  • It’s full name is actually Liberty Enlightening the World not Lady Liberty or the Statue of Liberty.
  • Three hundred types of hammers were used to create the copper structure.
  • Groups in Boston and Philadelphia have offered to pay the full cost of the construction of the Statue if it could be relocated to their city.
  • The island it sits upon used to be called Bedloe Island, but it was renamed Liberty Island in 1956.
  • For sixteen years, the Statue of Liberty was a lighthouse (1886-1902).
  • Lady Liberty has a 35-foot waistline.

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.
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