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Lewistown in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Statue of Liberty

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
1. Statue of Liberty Marker
Inscription.  This replica of the Statue of Liberty was obtained in about 1950 to help celebrate Boy Scouting, which was established in Great Britain in 1908. The Boy Scouts of America soon followed. J.P. Whitaker, then scout commissioner of the Kansas City Area Council, originated the Statue of Liberty replica program to celebrate scouting's 40th anniversary. Lewiston purchased one of the more than 200 Liberty replicas.
In 1984, Bryan McConnell, with the LDS Troop 366 of Lewiston, restored the local replica and placed it in this area of Symmes Park.
The full name is the Statue of Liberty-Liberty Enlightening the World. It was the idea of Edouard Rene de Laboulaye, president of the French Anti-Slavery Society. He inspired his friend, sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, to design the copper statue. Constructed by Gustave Eiffel, it was dedicated on that is now Liberty Island in New York harbor on October, 28, 1886.
The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Since 1886, it has welcomed immigrants to this country. The statue has been renovated three times, in 1938, 1984-86, and 2011-2012. Since 1933. It had been maintained
Statue of Liberty replica and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
2. Statue of Liberty replica and Marker
plaque on the base:
With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of the United States
The Boy Scouts of America
dedicate this copy of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty
The Crusade to Strengthen Liberty
by the National Park Service.
Although the people of France paid for the statue, Americans had to pay for the base on which it stands. To help raise funds, Emma Lazarus wrote a poem which is graven on a tablet within the pedestal on which the statue stands.
After McConnell restored the replica in 1984, he added a plaque at the site that gives the best known line from Emma Lazarus's famous poem: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
 
Erected by Lewistown Historic Resources Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Statue of Liberty Replicas marker series.
 
Location. 47° 4.26′ N, 109° 24.864′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on East Main Street (U.S. 87) near Northeast Prospect Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 408 East Main Street, Lewistown MT 59457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Viet Nam Service Appreciation Memorial (here, next to this marker); LGM-30A Minuteman I (within shouting distance of this marker); 240 mm Howitzer M1 (within shouting distance of this marker); 108 Hawthorne Avenue (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewistown Mercantile Company
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Knerr-Tubb Block / Armory Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hopkins Grocery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Saint Leo's Catholic Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
More about this marker. The Statue of Liberty replica is located near the Central Montana Historical Museum.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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