The quest to see all 57 Liberty Bell replicas
My name is Thomas Gallo Campbell and I love the Liberty Bell.
This is my favorite page of them all.
Hi Tom, I’ve been taking photos of the Liberty Bell since 2006. So far I have shot 53 of the replicas plus the original in Philly. I hope to find the one in Kansas and also hope the one in Annecy still exists. Anyway when in Topeka the capitol was being remodeled and I could only find a replica of the American Legion Liberty Bell which of course is not the 1950 Bell. I can’t find any info on the web. Do you have any info to share as to it’s location? If so would greatly appreciate it.
Also here’s a link to my Bells: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobindrums
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I don’t check the site as often as I should. A while back, there was a page on the Liberty Bell Museum’s site that listed the location of all the replicas, but the page is no longer up. Your page seems to be the most comprehensive list out there. I’ve got some catching up to do! We did see a new replica at a Constitution museum in SD and apparently you can buy your own: http://christophpaccard.com/liberty-bell-replica-2/. I’ll do some updates to my site, link out to yours, and keep you posted. Thanks for the great shots!
I talked with someone at the Museum in Philadelphia who told me that the original bell in Kansas was in storage due to needed restoration. I hope this will be of some help to you.
I’ve heard the same, thanks.
I don’t know if you have this information on the KS bell. It is still in storage. It is need of a new yoke and they have not been able to raise the funds to properly do it. The one in Annecy does exist as I came back yesterday from a trip with my Dad and we saw it. It was an amazing adventure!! My Dad only has KS left to see!
Hope that helps.
Thanks for your comment. I’d love to hear your family’s story and see some photos. I do know the Kansas bell is in storage and keeping a number of people from completing their list. Hopefully enough folks can rally and compel the state to make restoring the bell a priority.
It was a crazy story. There are pictures and the story on my Facebook page. Not sure if this will link or not:
If not, let me know and I will figure something out.
Where is the Liberty Bell Replica that is in France and is it still there?
As far as I know, it’s still there. Here is the location: Annecy, France, The Basilique SaintJoseph-des-Fins d’Annecy, in the city where the replica bells were cast, 26 Avenue de Genève, 74000 Annecy, France +334505703 12. Here is a link to the foundry: http://christophpaccard.com/bell-foundry-products/cast-bells-and-carillons/liberty-bell-replicas/
I am from Massachusetts and have been trying to get the Liberty Bell Replica moved to a better location inside the Boston State House because at present as you already know it is “off limits to the public” but thus far have been unsuccessful. Is there any way you could help me or advise me? If I could talk with you that would be great.
I totally support your efforts and I’d love to help in any way. Have you contacted your local representative? As a Mass citizen, you may be able to get their ear. You may also consider contacting local / Boston press.
This an important would you please contact me, I have a deadline of July 4, 2016 to get the people at the Mass State House to move the bell to a better location where the public can view the Liberty Bell Replica #8. Please contact me before July 4th, 2016.
Yes I have been working on the State Reps, Senator, Governor and also support of 17 towns and 2 cities. I also put it in the paper. But to no avail I am not getting any support from the top people. They just seem to want to leave it where it is – as far as they are concerned it is protected from the weather and it is safe. Doesn’t seem to matter to them that the public can not view it. I am looking for advice – I would be happy to mail you the work I have done.
Almost at a point of giving-up; the people ( Ma State House: State Senators, State Representatives, Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyne Polito, Curator of SH, Superintendent of SH and State House Art Commission) don’t care about moving Ma Liberty Bell #8. My thought now is – these people at MA State House do not consider themselves as residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, they seem to be not serving the PUBLIC, but there own interest? 98.9% of these Ma State House people, who go to work serving the PUBLIC, don’t know Massachusetts has a Replica Bell #8, which is at the Boston, Massachusetts State House. Lastly note that the ones like Governor & Lieutenant Governor, State Senators, State Reps, State Staffers and other workers who go their during the week-days. Need you help, George W.
Note: In reference to last message (June 19, 2016) Yes 98.9% of Massachusetts State House people who go to work to serve the public, don’t know we have a MA Liberty Bell Replica #8, which is at the the Boston SH !!!
Tom C., thank you for your email (June 20, 2016) I glad you care too! I did receive an update from Boston State House Curator ( works for: SH Art Commission and State House Superintend) said Counsel, thinking of ways to finance Ma Liberty Bell Replica Move and Engineering Study where to best place for the public to view Bell #8. I am going to Worcester, Massachusetts City Hall Council meeting to hope Council will get-on-board to support what we’re trying to do at the Boston State House.
I have a snapshot of the replica that toured Arkansas in 1950. One of my parents took it on Main Street in Stuttgart, AR. It is now on the Arkansas State Capitol grounds. I would be happy to share it with you.
Yes, please do share. Thanks.
Dear Tom C., as of this writing (October 17,2016) I’m not happy to write that I have not yet made out well with my / our request to Boston Statehouse, Massachusetts. Year-an-half working to make Massachusetts Liberty Bell replica #8, ACCESSIBLE to the general public and Bell is in same OBSCURE PLACE.
Right now MA liberty Bell replica is still in SAME OBSCURE PLACE and OFF-LIMITS to visitors. But I hope others would put in a complaint to: MA State House, Deputy Chief Adam Parr and he, I hope will relay your message to State House curator Ms. Greendyke.
Tom, it seems as though you’ve lost your steam in seeing all the Liberty Bell replicas. I hope everything is good with you. I want to see you with all of them! I, too, would like to see the Massachusetts Liberty Bell replica if it is ever made open to the public. Please let me know!
Grace, It looks like George Warren is working hard to make the Mass bell more accessible. Lend your voice to him and help get it done!
Oh, and I do have a new bell to add soon…
Presently (Jan.14, 2017) the Massachusetts Liberty Bell replica #8 at the Boston State House is still in the same INACCESSIBLE, OBSCURE place and OFF-LIMITS to the general Massachusetts public and out of state visitors.
Presently (1/14/17) a lot of important people are woking hard, on my behalf, and I am very grateful everyone is on-board to help make Massachusetts Liberty Bell replica #8 accessible, soon.
Two Massachusetts State Senators and one State Representative are going to (Jan.23 – 27, 2017) introduce a Bill on the floor of the State House and hopefully Read, Debated, Passed in both State House and State Senate. Nice if Massachusetts Governor signs Bill into law to make Massachusetts Liberty Bell replica #8 ACCESSIBLE for general public and out-of-State visitors.
George, thanks for the update. Keep fighting the good fight and let me know how I can help spread the word.
Hey Tom, I’m working on a story on the replica Liberty Bells and would love to talk to you as an expert on this incredibly important American historical topic 🙂 If you get a chance, I think it would be great.
Dan, It was great speaking with you. I’ll follow with an email and look forward to reading your story.
Tom, Grace , Dan and others I have some good news about making Massachusetts Liberty Bell replica #8 ACCESSIBLE to general public and out of state visitors. October 31, 2017 there is going to be a PUBLIC HEARING at the Massachusetts State house, 1 PM, room 437.
We have HOUSE BILL NO. 1776 : An Act establishing a liberty bell feasibility study to relocate Liberty Bell Replica #8. Open to public – mark your calendar 10/31/17. Look up website: https://malegislature.gov/.
Good news, at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston we have a HOUSE BILL NO. 1776; Public Hearing Date : October 31,’17 in room 437. Bill 1776 is: Bill to establishing a liberty bell feasibility study; to relocate Liberty Bell Replica #8.
The one in front of the Treasury Dept in DC is separate from the one given to DC, which is apparently missing. See news story here: http://wtop.com/dc/2017/07/can-crack-case-dcs-missing-liberty-bell/slide/1/
Dear Mr. Campbell and Liberty Bell Replica’s visitors,
Given that the Bureau of the State House has decided to MOVE forward with the relocation project and all (Bureau of State) are in agreement the most appropriate place for public access to view the Iconic Bell#8 Display is centered at the ASHBURTON PARK (located on the grounds of the Massachusetts State House) side entrance.
I’m happy on this Independents Day July 4, 2017 to relay this message and HOPE that I can say, in the coming months, the Massachusetts Liberty Bell #8 will be accessible to all visitors, soon.
We love the Liberty Bell, too! We have even traveled to Annecy and visited the foundry and climbed the bell tower to see and hear the bell in the church. We’re planning a 2018 road trip to ‘capture’ the bells in Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Minnesota. Yes, it’s Bell or Bust. Last year we traveled to Alaska only to find the bell in hiding. Good luck!
Up date on latest occurrence, reference to Massachusetts Liberty Bell Replica #8 and House Bill … No.1776. This coming Tuesday, October 31, 2017 there is going to be a Public Hearing to move Bell #8 to talk about Bell that is inaccessible to people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and out-of-State visitors. Have a good feeling Bell #8 is going to be moved to side entrance of MA State House.
it’s the right thing to do. George
Robert, My daughter and I have also been traveling the country to see the liberty bells. We also make sure to get photos of the state capitol buildings.
We just completed the 8 western states, covering over 5000 miles because we fit in my 50th class reunion, sisters and friends along the route. She isn’t eager to go on my next trip, and it is a big one, but I am planning it, which is half the fun, and saving as much money as possible sinse it will cover 19 states in the middle of the country. Plans do change but wish me luck.
As of Friday, January 12, 2018 (1:28 PM) Massachusetts Liberty Bell Replica #8 is still located in the same OBSCURE place, but a plan is in place (phase one to move Bell to a off-site location to clean Bell and fix any parts for handling Bell safely to location on side of Massachusetts State House (Ashburton Park).
We have a House Bill… No. 1776 that is in a committee to study and hopefully pass Bill to Ways and Means. I am hopeful Bill 1776 will come out of these committees, soon.
Note: If you want to see my Television Show about Bell *8 look up “www.nctv.us” then click to Videos on Demand, November 30, 2017.
Came across your site while researching the Liberty Bell replica locations. With your love of the bells, you might find it interesting that our group, Team Strange, does annual, cross-country scavenger hunts (we call Grand Tours) and the Liberty Bells are on the list this year. We are challenged to visit up to 10 bells for points. We love long distance riding, so if they allowed it, I’m sure some riders would visit 15, 20 or more bells. Thanks for the website. It’s nice to see what they look like so I’ll know I’m in the right place.
George, That’s cool. Thanks for sharing. That sounds like a lot of fun. Are you requiring the bells visited to be part of the series of 55 Treasury bells? If not, there are a lot more replicas out there. Also, some are more accessible than others. Some, like the bels in DC and Boston, are accessible only by scheduling a tour or sweet-talking a security guard. Others are inside Capitol buildings that have business hours. I’d love to see photos from your participants if you’d like to share. I’d love to write an article on the hunt. All 55 replicas have serial numbers, and I’m finding they are not all consistent with the numbers listed on this site (I got that list from the Liberty Bell Museum in Allentown). I’m working to confirm/revise the list based on personal visits and supplied photos. If your folks photographed the serial numbers, it would help with my quest to make the list more accurate and to prove which bells they visited. Have fun, and please keep me posted.
Hi Tom – great site! I’m sure you know there’s a casting in Walt Disney World in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square? Have you been to it? Here’s some background info: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/07/let-freedom-ring-on-independence-day/
Daniel, Thanks for the good words and for sharing. I did recently learn about the Disney bell. Apparently, it was the 300th replica cast from the molds made in 1950 by the Paccard foundry in France. Some of the info in the Disney post is not accurate. The bell was not cast using the mold used to make the original Liberty Bell. That was cast by Whitechapel in London. The Paccard bells were made using precise measurements of the original. Also, the weight is 2080 pounds, not 2.5 tons. I have not yet seen this one, but look forward to it.
My name is George W. from Massachusetts and I’d been working (three-years) to make Massachusetts Liberty Bell Replica #8 (1950) ACCESSIBLE TO ALL COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS PEOPLE AND VISITORS FROM OTHER STATES & WORLD. Managed to Petition to have a House Bill… NO. 1776 and seems H.Bill 1776 to date (4-15-2018) is in Ways and Means committee. I’d be happy if you all would E-mail or write to Chair person: Ways and Means and request them to approve Relocating Bell #8 and send to MA State House Representatives’s for VOTE, SOON. THANK YOU, GEORGE W.
P.S. Hope I live long enough to see it happen.
Subject: making Massachusetts Liberty Bell #8 accessible.
Sorry, to inform everyone that Massachusetts Bell #8 is still to this day/year (July 19,2018) is still in a obscure place at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston.
I feel Bell#8 will be moved, but WHEN ?
George, I’m sorry to hear that. Was the feasibility study to move the bell approved? Keep fighting the good fight.
Hi Tom, while it is not one of the official state replicas we have a Liberty Bell here in Portland, Oregon at City Hall. Actually the second one, the first was apparently destroyed in a bomb blast in 1970 according to Wikipedia:
The current bell is true to the picture on the webpage, only the wooden stand appears to have been painted white since 2012.
Bruce, Thanks. I have read about the Portland bell(s) recently. I’m working on a database of all the replicas produced. There are a lot of them. I hope to get that published soon. I think I’ll write about the Portland bells next.
I love your website and I’m reaching out to you to see if you can help me… I have visited two of the local Liberty Bell replicas to me (AZ & CA) and both are unable to Ring. I just called Utah and it is indoors so I doubt they’re going to let me ring that thing . Would you have any good recording’s of any of the replicas with just one big resounding ring out? Thank you so much for any help . :]
Kristian, thanks for the good words. I think most of the bells are silenced, as they are really loud and fun to ring. I did get to ring the North Carolina bell last month and it was a blast. They seem to encourage it there. You may also ring the PA replica at the Liberty Bell museum in Allentown if you ask nicely. In both cases you can’t really ring at full volume, as the NC bell does not swing and the PA bell is indoors. I think I’ll add a “can you ring it” column to my bell list. Happy hunting!
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