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Liberty BellThe Liberty Bell, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a historical bell and well- recognized symbol of American freedom and independence. The bell started life in 1751 when it was commissioned for use in the Pennsylvania State House (now better known as Independence Hall) by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly. It came to the city in the fall of the next year after having been cast by London’s Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Several months later, the new State House still not completed, the bell hung in a public square via scaffolding. The first time the bell was rung, however, it cracked. A replacement bell was quickly cast by Philadelphia residents John Pass and John Stow (their names can be found inscribed on the bell). However, when this second bell proved to have an unpleasant tone, Pass and Stow commissioned a third casting, and this was the cast that ended up hanging from the State House. The two most famous bell rings occurred shortly thereafter, once in 1774 at the opening of the First Continental Congress, and then again in 1175 at the conclusion of The Battle of Lexington and Concord.
The bell remained in Independence Hall for many years afterward, with the exception of 1885-1915, when it was sent by train to cities around the country for exposition. Tragedy almost struck the bell when it was involved in a train collision and derailment in 1902. In 1915, the government decided that transporting the bell proved too much risk, and it was placed back in Philadelphia. In 1976, a replication of the original Liberty Bell, called the Bicentennial Bell, was gifted to The United States by Queen Elizabeth II; this bell was hung in a nearby modern-day tower.
In 2003 The Liberty Bell Center, a new home and exhibition hall for the bell, was constructed just a short distance from Independence Hall. Today, the new center, along with Independence Hall, National Constitution Center, and Independence Mall are all apart of Independence National Historical Park, and can be visited for free every day of the year, except Christmas.
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