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.