Oregon Liberty Bell replica
Location: (2023) On the east side of the Capitol building, near the statues.
900 Court Street Northeast
Salem, OR 97310
Can I ring it? Not right now.
Hours: Currently inaccessible.
More: In Jun of 2020, Bob Repine, who is actively involved in restoring the Oregon Liberty Bell replica, contacted me. I’m working on a full story and hope to make it to Oregon for the unveiling, whenever that might be.
The Liberty Bell was restored and returned to Oregon on June 24, 2020, and the hope was to rededicate it in connection with the 2021 Legislative Session. Civil unrest and the pandemic changed those plans.
Capitol grounds are under construction. Ultimately, the Oregon Liberty Bell will be located on a yet-to-be-built base in the east end of Willson Park, which surrounds the Capitol, across from a bronze statue entitled The Circuit Rider. There is currently no set date for rededication.
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 used 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 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, worked 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.