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Statue of Liberty Hunt
Hosted by riders Eric Marshall and Randy Bishop

Statue of Liberty

This challenge is to collect pictures of Statues of Liberty, as long as it's two or more feet tall. There are many on courthouse lawns around the U.S., donated by the Boy Scouts of America in the early 1950s. Rider Eric Marshall points us to the following site to help locate them: http://www.cheyennetroop101.org/liberty/ . He has also created a GPX file located here.

Each picture submitted by a rider should clearly show:
A) The qualifying statue
B) Rider flag
C) Enough of the background to identify the location.

Your motorcycle is NOT required to be in the picture if doing so is impractical or unsafe. Some of these statues are in the middle of busy intersections or even inside American Legion Halls. TOH scorers will have final say whether a site is allowed or not. NEW FOR 2017: Only one credit will be allowed per statue, and only one per city.

There will be three basic levels of finishers:
Bronze Level Finisher - 10 or more different Statues of Liberty verified
Silver Level Finisher - 20 or more different Statues of Liberty verified
Gold Level Finisher - 30 or more different Statues of Liberty verified

Naming convention for Statue of Liberty submissions:
2017_rider#_SL_cityname_state.jpg, ie. 2017_145_SL_Dallas_TX.jpg

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan, New York City. The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.

Bartholdi was inspired by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye, who is said to have commented in 1865 that any monument raised to American independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American peoples. He may have been minded to honor the Union victory in the American Civil War and the end of slavery. Due to the troubled political situation in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. In 1875, Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the Americans provide the site and build the pedestal. Bartholdi completed the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions.

The torch-bearing arm was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, and in Madison Square Park in Manhattan from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened due to lack of funds. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World started a drive for donations to complete the project that attracted more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe's Island. The statue's completion was marked by New York's first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland.

The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. The statue was closed for renovation for much of 1938. In the early 1980s, it was found to have deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration was required. While the statue was closed from 1984 to 1986, the torch and a large part of the internal structure were replaced. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown. The statue, including the pedestal and base, was closed for a year until October 28, 2012, so that a secondary staircase and other safety features could be installed; Liberty Island remained open. However, one day after the reopening, Liberty Island closed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in New York; the statue and island opened again on July 4, 2013. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.

Hundreds of replicas of the Statue of Liberty now exist. One replica 30 feet tall stood atop the Liberty Warehouse on West 64th Street in Manhattan for many years; it now resides at the Brooklyn Museum. In a patriotic tribute, the Boy Scouts of America, as part of their Strengthen the Arm of Liberty campaign in 1949–1952, donated about two hundred replicas of the statue, made of stamped copper and 100 inches in height, to states and municipalities across the United States. Among other recreations of New York City structures, a replica of the statue is part of the exterior of the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

 
 
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