Fun Facts

  • 3661 – The height of the statue in inches from ground level of pedestal to tip of flaming torch, which translates to 305 feet and 1 inch
  • 22 – The number of stories that the Statue of Liberty would be if it were a building
  • MDCCLXXVI – The roman numerals carved on the tablet lady liberty holds – 1776
  • 300 – The number of pieces making up the statue after disassembly in France
  • 214 – The number of crates used to ship the statue to America
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  • 3 – Number of different agencies that have had responsibility for the statue (first by the US Lighthouse Board from 1886-1902, then by the War Department from 1902-1933 and by the National Park Service since 1933)
  • 35 – Lady Liberty’s waistline in FEET
  • 450000 – Weight of Lady Liberty in pounds (that’s 225 tons)
  • 11749 – Thickness in inches of the exterior copper sheets that cover Lady Liberty
  • 879 – Lady Liberty’s shoe size
  • 377 – Number of stairs to climb from ground level to the crown
  • 24 – Number of observation windows in the crown
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  • 7 – Number of spikes on Lady Liberty’s crown, possibly representing the world’s seven oceans and seven continents
  • 300 – Number of different kinds of hammer used to pound the copper into shape
  • 12 – Number of movies in which the statue has been destroyed. Click here for details.
  • 600 – Average number of times Lady Liberty is hit by lightning each year
  • 35 – Millions of dollars Andy Warhol’s painting of Lady Liberty is worth
  • 10 – Millions of dollars the statue would cost if built today (in 1886 dollars, the total cost was more than $500,000)
  • Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi placed his Statue on a federally owned island called “Bedloe’s” in New York Harbor. His original concept was to place a statue of a woman at the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869
  • “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-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
    The words above, which are just part of the sonnet titled The New Colossus that was written by American poet Emma Lazarus in 1883 as part of a fundraising effort for construction of the statue’s pedestal, foreshadowed the immense symbolic importance of Lady Liberty, who was dedicated in 1886 and greeted more than 12 million immigrants who were processed on Ellis Island from 1892-1954.

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