A National Symbol


The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.This famous bell is located in Independence Hall.


The history of the bell is very fascinating.

A bell for the Pennsylvania State House was cast in London, England. However, it cracked soon after it arrived in Philadelphia. Local craftsmen, John Pass and John Stow cast a new bell in 1753, using metal from the English bell. Today their names appear on the front of the bell, along with the city and the date.

By 1846, a thin crack began to affect the sound of the bell. The bell was repaired in 1846 and rang for the George Washington birthday celebration. The strike note of the Bell is E-flat. But the bell cracked again and has not been rung since. No one knows why the bell cracked either time.

The bell weighs about 2080 pounds. It is made of 70 % copper, 25% tin, and small amounts of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver. It hangs from what is believed to be its original yoke, made from American elm, also known as slippery elm.


On June 6, 1944, when Allied forces landed in France, the sound of the bell was broadcast to all parts of the country. There are three known recordings of the Bell. Two were made in the 1940s for radio stations to play. The third is currently owned by Columbia Records. About 1,500,000 people annually make a trip to view the Bell.


As an April Fools joke (1996), Taco Bell ran a full-page ad in various newspapers, including The New York Times, claiming to have bought the Liberty Bell.

The headline reads: "Taco Bell Buys the Liberty Ball"

The text reads: In an effort to help the national debt, Taco Bell is please to announce that we have agreed to purchase the Liberty Bell, one of our country's most historic treasures. It will now be called the "TacoLiberty Bell" and will still be accessible to the American public for viewing. While some may find this controversial, we hope our move will prompt other corporations to take similar action to do their part to reduce the country's debt.

Many people found this hoax mean-spirited and very unpatriotic.


I hope you have learned something new about the Liberty Bell.

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