Oregon Liberty Bell replica
Oregon Liberty Bell replica

Oregon Liberty Bell replica

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Oregon Liberty Bell replica

Location: (2021) *On the Oregon Capitol Mall, Wilson Park
900 Court Street Northeast
Salem, OR 97310

Serial Number: 16

Can I ring it? Unknown.

Hours: Currently inaccessible.

More: In Jun of 2020, I was contacted by Bob Repine, who is actively involved in the restoration of the Oregon Liberty Bell replica. I’m working on a full story and hope to make it to Oregon for the unveiling.

Here are the highlights:

Christoph-Paccard Foundry did a complete restoration of the Bell. The total cost for the restoration and shipping was under $30,000. The original yoke was made from American Spruce but it is almost non-existent in the States so the team to use American Oak (pictured being field cut). The Bell was cleaned and coated with a protective material but the patina was left. A cap was added to the top part of the yoke in order to try to protect the wood from future water damage caused by Oregon’s wet fall and winter seasons.

Below are some photos Bob provided from before the bell’s restoration.

Repine and his team were in good hands with Christoph-Paccard, stating,  “On a personal note Stan Christoph,  owner of the company, work directly with us and was a great business partner on this amazing restoration. ”

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation will be developing some new information about the Bell and its history in Oregon and this restoration.

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3 Comments

  1. Tom, I wanted to share with you through the Oregon State Capitol Foundation I’m have been working with the Christoph Paccard Foundry in South Carolina to restore Oregon’s Liberty Bell. The bell was shipped back East early in 2020 and we should be seeing the bell back in Oregon in early June. The bells location will still be on the Capitol grounds but relocated closer to where it was placed back in 1950 when the bell was presented to the state. The Oregon State Capitol Foundation was created over twenty years ago to insure the history of Oregon’s Capitol is continual told with all citizens. The Oregon Liberty Bell restoration project is but one of the many projects we are engaged in to help continue telling the ‘Oregon Story’.

  2. Tom Campbell

    Bob, That’s great news. I’d love to share the story of your foundation’s efforts. Not every state shares your affinity for the replicas. In both Wyoming and Nebraska, the bells have quietly gone into storage. Any documentation and photos you’d be willing to share with me would be helpful in telling the story of your bell and its preservation. I have not yet seen the Oregon bell but would love to.

  3. Tom, The Oregon Liberty Bell just returned to Oregon and we are very excited to have it soon be located at its new location in Willson Park which surrounds the Oregon State Capitol. We are planning a rededication event possible in connection with the 2021 Legislative Session. I do have photos and more details which I would be happy to share with you but unable to attach to this response. If you can contact me via my email address I will share photos and more details as you requested in your response to me . Let me just say the Oregon Liberty Bell looks GREAT and will be a outstanding feature on our Capitol Grounds walking tour.

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