Thanks to an inside connection at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, I was able to visit this adorable little mini Liberty Bell replica. It lives in storage just a block from our office. I passed by countless times, never knowing this little guy was in there all by his lonesome (along with lots of other cool pieces of Fort Collins history).
The plaque reads:
The Liberty Bell — Our Symbol of Freedom
This Liberty Bell, except that it is somewhat smaller, is in every other way an exact replica of the original now in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is presented to the citizens of Fort Collins with the hope that it will contribute to a greater appreciation of this Country’s early struggle for freedom. The inscription on the bell, “Proclaim Liberty throughout the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof”, was truly prophetic for a nation still unborn in 1751. The birth of this great nation was first publicly proclaimed to an assemblage in Philadelphia by the ringing of the original bell on July 4, 1776 to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As proud citizens, let us ring this bell on appropriate historic occasions so that all of our inhabitants will be inspired to preserve and protect our precious freedoms!
A Bicentennial Gift from McDonald’s Family Restaurant
Dick and Joie Power, Owners — July 4, 1976
I’m curious how many other mini Liberty Bell replicas are out there in the world.