5 of the most famous bells in the US
Liberty Bell (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Liberty Bell was one of the symbols of American independence, shaken to mark the birth of the United States Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776. The bell was ordered from Lester and Pack Company in London (England) in 1752.
Initially, the bell was cracked after arriving in Philadelphia and was twice remolded by local workers John Pass and John Stow, whose names also appeared on the bell.
The bell rang for years in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall) and is used to convene legislators for meetings and to announce citizens to attend public meetings.
World Peace Bell (Newport, Kentucky)
The bell is located in the Millennium Park and is one of 20 bells of Peace spread across the world.
With a weight of about 33 tons, a height of 3.7 meters, this is the world's largest pendulum bell from 2000 to 2006. Produced in France in 1998 and it was shipped to the United States by boat and then was transported to Kentucky by river.
Until the night of December 31, 1999, it first shook to welcome the year 2000. In keeping with the theme of world peace, the bell has a commemorative sentence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marks the milestones of the past 1000 years.
El Camino Real Bell (California)
Running along Highway 101 of California, visitors will see a lot of "hanging bell tower" parallel to your steering wheel.
Bells were hung from 1906 to mark the beginning of "El Camino Real" (in Spanish it means "Royal Road" or "Angel's Highway") that stretches from San Diego to Sonoma (California).
Initially, there were about 450 bells along El Camino Real but due to theft and destruction, the number of bells was reduced to about 75.Then in 1974 the state established a guardianship board that was responsible for repairing or replacing them.
They built concrete bell pillars instead of cast iron ones as previously to prevent theft, scattered across Los Angeles, Ventura, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Mateo and Santa Clara.
Liberty Bell (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Located on the grass of the entrance to Beretania Street in front of the Parliament House in Hawaii, there is a favorite place where visitors take pictures of the bell which is a replica of Liberty Bell on display from the 4th July 1950 as an affirmation of freedom of the country.
Historically, in 1950, the US Treasury Department selected the Paccard Foundry company in Annecy-le-Vieux (France) to produce 55 large copies of Liberty Bell.
The bells are shipped to states and territories of the United States for display on National Day. This bell is a gift from the President and Congress to Hawaii as a symbol of freedom and democracy.
Liberty Bell of American Civil Liberties Union (Washington D.C)
The bell was made to serve the train named "Freedom of the United States", which traveled across the country from April 1, 1975 to December 31, 1976. The bell was made by Fred S. Gichner Iron Works that after completing it, there was a lot of effort to find a place to display but all efforts failed.
After the tour, the bell was kept in storage before the Union's agreement to place the bell at Union Station in Washington D.C. The agreement to set the bell at Union Station was not easy to achieve because American Civil Liberties Union wanted the bell to be set up near the National Mall.
Currently, a copy of the bell is also located at the headquarters building of American Civil Liberties Union.
By: Stephan Swift