Update | 01.06.20 | The Wyoming Liberty Bell was removed at some point during the Capitol’s 4-year, $307.8- million-dollar renovation project, set to be substantially completed by January 31, 2020, and fully completed 90-days thereafter. A December visitor to the Capitol heard the state is looking to raise funds to restore the bell, but I have yet to confirm that information. I’ll post updates as I have them.
Dawn and I finally got to the Wyoming Bell (the closest one to our home) in March od 2014 on our way back from birding in Nebraska. It was a beautiful, quiet Sunday in Cheyenne.
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The WY liberty bell was put in storage during their two year renovation/restoration. When we visited on 12/27/19, it was still in storage and we were unable to find out when it would be returned. We did hear they were trying to raise money to restore it. What we are finding is that the “simulated” crack is not being put back on the bells when most are restored.
Thanks for the update, Scott. Last time I saw the bell in March of 2018, it looked like they were prepping to remove it. I’ve reached out to the folks at the Wyoming Capitol Square project and will update the site when I hear back from them. I’d hope they worked bell restoration (Colorado bell restoration was $50k) into the $300-million plus budget, but you never know.
Yeah, you can see the mark on some of these photos where the painted-on crack has worn off. Hawaii went and dremeled a cosmetic crack into their bell, but for the most part, you’re right, cracks are not pained back on in the restoration process. I prefer them without fake cracks, personally.
Hi Tom, I will be in Cheyenne to see the sites, and, hopefully the Liberty Bell. Have you received any updated information? This will be the 2nd of 5 capitols on this trip, hope to find the bell at all of them, if I can. Thanks, John
As far as I know, the bell is still in storage. Inexplicably, it was not considered as part of the $307-million Capitol renovation project. Apparently, it waits in storage out of public view while funds are being sought to restore and find a new home for the bell. A good restoration can run about $60,000. Fellow bell hunters, the Brock family were able to make arrangements through the Wyoming State Museum (a man named Mark helped them). Call (307) 777-7022 and hopefully, you can schedule a time to see it.
You should also contact the Capitol Square Construction Project at (307) 777-7271 or email [email protected] and ask why the bell didn’t make it into their plans. Good luck and let me know how you make out.
As of June 23rd 2021 it’s still in storage according to the front desk security. He had no info on what will happen to it.
Thanks for the update. That sucks.
I live in Cheyenne and I am a tour guide for the Cheyenne Street Railway trolley. If I hear anything about the bell being restored and/or being placed out in the public again anytime soon, then I will try my best to keep you informed.