June 17, 1885: The Statue of Liberty Arrives in America
On this day in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York. France’s gift to America crossed the Atlantic dismantled in crates aboard the French steamer Isère, which nearly sank in a storm during the voyage.
It took a year to completely assemble the statue on Bedloe’s Island, now called Liberty Island. On October 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland presided over the dedication ceremony.
Check out Ken Burns’s timeline of the construction of Statue of Liberty.
Photo: Circa 1876 photograph shows the torch and part of the arm of the Statue of Liberty, on display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia (Library of Congress).