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What is the meaning and significance of the replica Statue of Liberty that sits in the Susquehanna River in Dauphin County?
Standing atop a piece of a stone structure in the middle of the Susquehanna River in Dauphin Borough, and visible along Route 322, is a replica of the Statue of Liberty.
This is actually the second Lady Liberty to grace the river, and her appearance more than three decades ago remained a mystery for some time.
In 2011, CBS News national correspondent Steve Hartman tracked down the origins of the statue.
It turns out in 1986, local lawyer Gene Stilp built the original statue in honor or the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in New York, Hartman reported. Stilp is a political activist who used a giant, inflatable pink pig to protest a 2005 legislative pay raise. Those raises were eventually rescinded.
Stilp built the statue out of plywood and Venetian blinds, and he, along with several friends, secretly placed the statute on the piling (post) in the middle of the river, according to the report.
Stilp took no credit for the statue, but told Hartman in 2011 that he wanted to do something locally to commemorate the anniversary.
Roughly six years after the original construction was put in place, strong wind knocked it over, according to CBS News.
Local residents raised $25,000, and by 1997 a new statue was constructed and Lady Liberty was once again seated in the middle of the Midstate river, Hartman reported.
The updated statue is 25 feet tall and weighs four tons, according to ABC27 News.
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