On June 17, 1885, New York City welcomed a 225-ton visitor it would never forget. The Statue of Liberty arrived, in 350 pieces. 130 years later, she's seen it all, but Lady Liberty still stands tall in New York Harbor, watching over our city.
Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris
Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris ca. 1883. (Credit: New York Public Library)
Men in a workshop shaping sheets of copper
Men in a workshop shaping sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty ca. 1883. (Credit: New York Public Library)
Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of
Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty ca. 1883. (Credit: New York Public Library)

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Photograph of a drawing of the Statue of
Photograph of a drawing of the Statue of Liberty in Upper New York Bay ca. 1883. (Credit: New York Public Library)
Sunset view of Statue of Liberty, harbor and
Sunset view of Statue of Liberty, harbor and boat ca. 1890. (Credit: Library of Congress)
The Statue of Liberty stands in New York
The Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor ca. 1908. (Credit: Library of Congress)
Judge Samuel Leibowitz, Abba Hushi, holding a pitcher
Judge Samuel Leibowitz, Abba Hushi, holding a pitcher of soil brought from Palestine in 1917, deputy mayor John J. Bennett and Joseph Schlossberg, during a ceremony at the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York to mark the adoption by the United Nations of resolution 181 on the division of Palestine in two states, one Jewish and one Arab. (Dec. 1, 1947) (Credit: AFP / Getty Images)
Aerial view of part of New York's Upper
Aerial view of part of New York's Upper Bay showing section of the New York and New Jersey shore-lines and the Statue of Liberty. (July 20, 1951) (Credit: AFP / Getty Images)

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Workers remove scaffolding from around the torch of
Workers remove scaffolding from around the torch of the Statue of Liberty, with the Manhattan skyline and the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the background. (Dec. 17, 1985) (Credit: PAUL DEMARIA / AFP / Getty Images)
The Statue of Liberty stands with the Twin
The Statue of Liberty stands with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in the background. (May 20, 1986) (Credit: MARIO SURIANI / AFP / Getty Images)
Sailors on the Aircraft Carrier USS America 'man
Sailors on the Aircraft Carrier USS America 'man the rails' as the ship steams past the Statue of Liberty at the start of the eighth annual Fleet Week in New York. (May 24, 1995) (Credit: JON LEVY / AFP / Getty Images)
Apache helicopters of the 8th/229th fly past the
Apache helicopters of the 8th/229th fly past the Statue of Liberty on their way to Bosnia via Staten Island, where they were loaded onto a cargo ship. The 'Flying Tigers' battalion was one of only two Apache battalions in the Army Reserve and was headed to Bosnia to help the 10th Mountain Division with peacekeeping duties. (August 4, 1999) (Credit: U.S. Army via Newsmakers)
The Statue of Liberty is seen against a
The Statue of Liberty is seen against a backdrop of fireworks in New York City, capping a day of celebrations for the US's 224th birthday. (July 4, 2000) (Credit: DOUG KANTER / AFP / Getty Images)

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President George W. Bush and New York Governor
President George W. Bush and New York Governor George Pataki pose in front of the Statue of Liberty with new US citizens on Ellis Island in New York City just after a swearing in ceremony for the new citizens. (July 10, 2001) (Credit: LUKE FRAZZA / AFP / Getty Images)
Smoke and ash from the destroyed World Trade
Smoke and ash from the destroyed World Trade Center rises over the southern end of New York City's Manhattan behind the Statue of Liberty as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (September 12, 2001) (Credit: TANNEN MAURY / AFP / Getty Images)
An American flag waves behind the Statue of
An American flag waves behind the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York harbor on the day Liberty Island was reopened for the first time since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. (December 20, 2001) (Credit: Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
The 'Tribute in Light' memorial consisting of two
The 'Tribute in Light' memorial consisting of two shafts of light to represent the World Trade Center Twin Towers is lit in New York on the six month anniversary of the terrorist attack that destroyed the towers. (March 11, 2002) (Credit: STAN HONDA / AFP / GettyImages)
A Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
A Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown performs a trapeze act in front of the Statue of Liberty. (March 31, 2003) (Credit: Lawrence Lucier / Getty Images)
Eva, Edith , Marcus and Moritz Tannast from
Eva, Edith , Marcus and Moritz Tannast from Switzerland raise bottles of water as they pose for a picture in front of the Statue of Liberty when the Statue's pedestal was opened to the public for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (August 3, 2004) (Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / Getty Images)
A man takes photographs as the sun sets
A man takes photographs as the sun sets over New York Harbor behind the Statue of Liberty December 16, 2004 in New York City. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images)
The sun sets over New York Harbor and
The sun sets over New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. (January 28, 2005) (Credit: MANDEL NGAN / AFP / Getty Images)
The Statue of Liberty is seen from an
The Statue of Liberty is seen from an aerial view. (July 1, 2007) (Credit: STAN HONDA / AFP / Getty Images)
The face of the Statue of Liberty on
The face of the Statue of Liberty on May 20, 2009. On July 4, 2009, the statue's crown was reopened for the first time since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. (Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / Getty Images)
Snow and ice floats in the Hudson River
Snow and ice floats in the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty in the background in New York City. (February 25, 2015) (Credit: Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
The Statue of Liberty is seen from the
The Statue of Liberty is seen from the Hornblower Infinity at the Pepsi and iHeartRadio Summer Kickoff Party. (June 1, 2015) (Credit: Brad Barket / Getty Images for Pepsi)