Fair Park’s Statue of Liberty
by Paula Bosse
Getting a bit lost in the crowd… (click for larger image)
by Paula Bosse
Somehow I missed the fact that October 28th was the 130th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. And somehow I also forgot that there is a replica of the Statue of Liberty here in Dallas, at Fair Park. It was a gift from the State Fair of Texas to the Boy Scouts and the people of Texas and was dedicated by the Boy Scouts of Circle Ten Council on July 4, 1950. (These miniature replicas of the Statue of Liberty were placed all over the United States in 1950 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.)
Below, the plaque at the base of the statue which stands near the Hall of State in Fair Park. (Click pictures to see larger images.)
Were they sentient, I’m sure Lady Liberty’s numerous miniature offspring would join me in sending belated birthday greetings to their full-size non-replica progenitor.
Photo: Adam Cruz/Roaming Itinerant
Here’s another view of Mini Lady Liberty welcoming the huddled masses to the State Fair of Texas in 1956:
Sources & Notes
Photo of the Statue of Liberty replica amidst the crowd outside the Cotton Bowl is from Flickr user Coltera, here.
Photo of the plaque is from Flickr user Aringo, here.
Photo of the replica with the Hall of State in the background is by Adam Cruz, from his blog, The Roaming Itinerant.
1956 photo is from eBay.
A list of the Statue of Liberty replicas in Texas is here.
Perhaps we should send NYC a replica of Big Tex to keep Lady Liberty company. (The Statue of Liberty is kind of like a New York version of Big Tex, right?)
Hey — live webcam at the Statue of Liberty, here.
Click pictures for larger images.
Copyright © 2016 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.
Coltera’s Flickr photos are a treasure.
One interesting thing Fair Park has done in the last 2-3 years is to put up signs in front of its statues, fountains, buildings and other features. It’s really useful because some of the statues appear quite random until you know the story behind them.
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