Statues - Hither & Thither

United States of America
Pueblo
Colorado

W 10th Street 215
(Pueblo County Courthouse)

Replica of the Statue of Liberty

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
1950

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Description

Replica of the New York Statue of Liberty.

Inscription(s)

On the front of the pedestal:

with the faith and courage of
their forefathers who made
possible the freedom of these
united states
THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
dedicate this replica of the
statue of liberty as a pledge
of everlasting fidelity and
loyalty
40th anniversary crusade to
strengthen the arm of liberty
1950

On the fence:

RING OF HONOR
honoring pueblo county
armed forces personnel
who died defending our freedom
and
pueblo's congressional
medal of honor recipients

On the foot of the pedestal three plaques with names of medal recipients:

congressional medal of honor,
the highest award america bestows
for heroism in combat
pueblo's medal of honor recipients:
crawford, william j., pvt, usa, 13 sep 1943
sitter, carl l., capt, usmc, 29 & 30 nov 1950
murphy, raymond g., 2lt, usmc, 3 feb 1953
dix, drew d., ssgt, usa, 31 jan & amp; 1 feb 1968
congressional
medal of honor
civil war
warren c. dockum
world war i
red cross army nurse
mabel mac diermid
jane minor hendricks
phoebe allen

canteen worker
asbury white jr.

On the pedestal five plaques with names:

and furthermore on the foot of the pedestal five plaques portraying several seals.

Annotation

The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their fortieth anniversary in 1950 with the theme of "Strengthen the Arm of Liberty". Between 1949 and 1952, approximately two hundred 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 2.6 m (8½ feet) tall without the base, constructed of sheet copper, weigh 130 kg (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, particularly since 9/11. 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.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 38°16'35" W 104°36'34"

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