No one in the town of Dauphin knew where it came from or how it arrived: in 1986, a statue of Liberty replica appeared on a piling in the middle of the Susquehanna River, off of Route 322. Traffic on the highway stalled from people who pulled over, slowed down, or stopped altogether to peer at the strange new landmark.
Though no one knew it at the time, a local lawyer had created the statue to celebrate the actual Statue of Liberty’s centennial celebration. He created it out of Venetian blinds and plywood, and with a group of friends he erected it in the middle of the night.
Though the statue’s origin remained a mystery for years, eventually the creator came forward and revealed himself. In the 1990s, the original statue was destroyed by weather. By that point, the residents of Dauphin had grown so fond of their miniature Lady Liberty that they raised enough money to build a new one: a larger, more durable, more securely-fastened version.
The second Lady Liberty is the one that remains to this day. She stands 25 feet tall and greets all who pass through Dauphin. Check out the video below to learn more details of the fascinating story, and see more of her.