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Time Tangled Island: Statue of Liberty

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by Mark Hughes
Statue of Liberty

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  • The interior iron framework was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, who later designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
  • Just the 30 foot arm was displayed in Philadelphia in 1876. Visitors paid 50 cents to climb to the balcony around the torch.
  • A bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty, about 35 feet tall, stands on the Ile des Cygnes in the Seine River.
  • The statue, with pedestal and foundation, stands 305 feet (93 m) tall.
  • The statue was based on the Roman goddess Libertas, who represented freedom from slavery, oppression, and tyranny.
  • The Statue of Liberty is also known as "Lady Liberty." The official name of the statue is Liberty Enlightening the World.
  • In 1984, the Statue of Liberty was added to the list of world heritage sites. It joined other U.S. sites on the list, such as the Grand Canyon, Independence Hall, Mesa Verde, and Yellowstone National Park.
  • Following September 11th, 2001, the statue was closed to visitors until it reopened in August 2004.
  • The first person to parachute off the torch's observation platform was Frederick R. Law on February 2, 1912.
  • The U.S. and France split the cost of project: France paid for the statue; America funded its pedestal and foundation, which were built in America.

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