Dismantled in 350 individual pieces and packed in more than 200 cases, the Statue of Liberty arrived in America on this day in 1885. The copper and iron statue was intended to recognize a century of friendship and diplomacy between France and the United States since the American Revolution, depicting a robed woman defiantly raising a torch to the sky — a 450,000-pound symbol of freedom and democracy. Overlooking Ellis Island, once America’s primary immigration station, the Statue of Liberty welcomed millions of settlers eager to start a new life in the United States. While Lady Liberty has experienced some changes in color over the years due to natural processes like erosion, theTUNDRA thinks she looks better than ever!
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” — Emma Lazarus (“The New Colossus”, 1883) —