Day 80

Another replica of Lady Liberty

June 14th, 2010

Dedicated by the Boy Scouts as part of their "40th Anniversary Crusade to Strengthen the Arm of Liberty" in 1950.


  1. She sure does get around. It’s gotta be strange for you seeing as how you’re from NY to see her out and about the country.

  2. Jeff says:

    I was gonna say….alot of reminders of home..huh….but Dorinda beet me to the punch….
    God Bless America…any day of the week.

  3. Karen Too says:

    It’s always nice to see a familiar face.

  4. Tesla says:

    We have one of those here in Birmingham, it’s also for the Boy Scouts. It’s always lit too.

  5. Adam says:

    From Wikipedia:

    “The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their fortieth anniversary in 1950 with the theme of Strengthen the Arm of Liberty.[1] The campaign was inaugurated in February with a dramatic ceremony held at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

    Hundreds of smaller replicas of the Statue of Liberty have been created worldwide. The classical appearance (Roman stola, sandals, facial expression) derives from Libertas, ancient Rome’s goddess of freedom from slavery, oppression, and tyranny. Her raised right foot is on the move. This symbol of Liberty and Freedom is not standing still or at attention in the harbor, it is moving forward, as her left foot tramples broken shackles at her feet, in symbolism of the United States’ wish to be free from oppression and tyranny.[2]

    Between 1949 and 1952, approximately two hundred 100-inch (2.5 m) replicas of the statue, made of stamped copper, were purchased by Boy Scout troops and donated in 39 states in the U.S. and several of its possessions and territories. The project was the brainchild of Kansas City businessman, J.P. Whitaker, who was then Scout Commissioner of the Kansas City Area Council.

    The copper statues were manufactured by Friedley-Voshardt Co. (Chicago, Illinois) and purchased through the Kansas City Boy Scout office by those wanting one. The statues are approximately 8 1/2 feet tall without the base, constructed of sheet copper, weigh 290 pounds, and originally cost $350 plus freight. The mass-produced statues are not great art nor meticulously accurate (a conservator notes that “her face isn’t as mature as the real Liberty. It’s rounder and more like a little girl’s”), but they are cherished. Many have been lost or destroyed, but preservationists have been able to account for about a hundred of them, and BSA Troop 101 of Cheyenne, Wyoming has collected photographs of over 100 of them.[3][4]

    Examples of the statues can be found at Fayetteville, Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and at Chimborazo Park in Richmond, Virginia.

    A Strengthen the Arm of Liberty brass pin was also available for uniform and civilian wear. The pin is in the shape of the Statue of Liberty superimposed on a fleur de lis. The Robbins Company, which made BSA’s Eagle medals for many years, made these pins and the winged “R” hallmark is prominently displayed on the reverse. In addition, a commemorative neckerchief slide was made for the Cub Scouts.”

  6. Adam says:

    A complete list of all the statue replicas.

  7. Craig E. says:

    That website missed one… in Pennsylvania on the Susquehanna river:

  8. Scott says:

    Funny. There’s one in Richmond, VA too. I didn’t realize it was a national thing.

    I’m really enjoying your walk. I drove across the country alone in 2008 and it was amazing. Just great to spend some time alone and collect thoughts. I took a northery route from Seattle, WA to Richmond, VA. I want to do it again with a southerly route.

    Keep on truckin’


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