It’s very uncommon for people not to have heard of The Statue of Liberty. Not only is it gigantic and huge, but there are also many interesting facts to know about it. The statue is a symbol of peace and is located in New York, United States. Undoubtedly, it is America’s most iconic and well-known figure. In this article, we’ll list interesting facts about The Statue of Liberty that you might not have heard of.
Americans Didn’t Accept The Statue At First
While the statue was sent to the Americans as a gift, they were radically slow to embrace it. It took decades before it was assembled in New York. Similarly, the funds required to conduct such massive work took years. There were protests in many parts of the country when it was finally unveiled in October 1886. Another problem was that American women were not allowed to vote in the elections. Therefore, hosting the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of liberty didn’t make sense back then. So it wasn’t a smooth ride for the statue to gain acceptance among Americans.
The Pedestal Was A Home To Military Families
There’s a part of the pedestal called The Fort Wood, shaped in the form of a star. It was used for accommodating military families from 1818 to mid-1930s. Many people who are alive today would recall how they used to play around the statue and called it home. One such person is Pete Bluhm, who still remembers how GIs bounced bottle rockets and damaged the statue’s posterior.
The Torch Has Its Own Significance
While the Statue of Liberty is magnificent in itself, the torch is what enthralls many tourists. The torch stands for freedom and enlightenment. This is what makes America great. The recent renovation work has covered the flames with 24k gold. It reflects sunlight when the sun shines. At night, you can see lights glowing it up. The original torch that came with the statue can be found inside its Statue of Liberty Museum. Unfortunately, you cannot go into the torch. The closest you can get is through the TorchCam, located in Ellis Island.
Visitors Of the Statue Of Liberty Were Able To Climb To The Top
The visitors before 1916 can be considered lucky because they were able to climb to the top and get a 360-degree view. It was only the Black Tom incident, after which those privileges were denied. Reportedly, two million tons of TNT were exploded, which is equivalent to an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale. It caused significant damage to the torch. The entrance to the top was permanently closed, keeping in view the threat of terrorism.
The Statue of Liberty is Modeled on a Living Person
We don’t know if Monalisa was a real person. But we know for sure that the Statue of Liberty is a real person. She was Charlotte Bartholdi, mother of Frederic Bartholdi, who designed the statue. Once Frederick invited then-French Senator Jules Bozerian to his opera. There was a box inside the opera. When Frederick pulled the curtain, the senator was surprised to see the real-life Statue of Liberty sitting inside the box. She gave him a smile, which left the senator perplexed. Charlotte later explained that she was his mother.