Kansas Liberty Bell replica
Kansas Liberty Bell replica

Kansas Liberty Bell replica

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Kansas Liberty Bell replica

Location: Permanent on-site storage, lower level of Capitol parking garage
300 W 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66612

Serial Number: 21

Can I ring it? No

Hours: The Kansas State Capitol is open from 8-5 Monday through Friday, 10 to 4 Saturday, closed Sunday. However, garage hours and access to bell may vary.

Note: The bell is disassembled in a room by parking spot A197 on level P2 of the parking garage. Call ahead to the Capitol Tour desk and arrange your viewing. View details on parking at the Kansas State Capitol.

Kansas Liberty Bell replica | Brock
Photos courtesy of the Brock Family Liberty Bell page

Kansas Liberty Bell replica | Brock

2 Comments

    1. Tom Campbell

      Thomas,

      That’s a great question. It’s one of three (along with Wyoming and North Dakota) that have been relegated to storage garages. The Kansas bell has been out of public view the longest — as long as I’ve been hunting bells (nearly 20 years).

      I know the bell was at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson on a 5-foot concrete base until at least 1955. Apparently, visitors carved their names on the inside of the bell. At some point, it was located on the east lawn of the Kansas State Capitol grounds. But like many of the bells, it fell into disrepair and has been in storage ever since.

      If you’re a Kansan, ask your local elected official about it. If you’d say, “One person can’t get a Liberty Bell moved.” I’d agree with you. But we’d both be wrong. In Boston, George Warren singlehandedly got the Massachusets Bell moved from an out-of-the-way (but much nicer than Kansas) location to a public park on Capitol grounds. The bell is currently being restored before its move.

      If Topeka doesn’t want the bell, I think Lawrence could make a case for being the new home to the state’s bell, given the city’s record of being on the right side of history when it comes to fighting for Liberty.

      It’s not outside the realm of possibility. I think $20–40k would get the bell restored, moved and installed in a new location.

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