The Liberty Bell - Facts and Trivia

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The Liberty Bell


The Liberty Bell


Fact: This is not the first Bell, This is the Bell that was recast by Pass and Stow in 1753 in Philadelphia. The first bell was cast in England and arrived in Philadelphia in August of 1752. It cracked the first time it was rung.


Fact: Though the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776, the bell was not rung until 4 days later at the first public reading of the Declaration on July 8th.


Fact: The word Pennsylvania on the Bell is misspelled. On the Bell, it has only one "n"


Fact: This Bell cracked in 1835 tolling the death of Chief Justice , John Marshall.


Fact: During the invasion by the British on Philadelphia, the bell was safely stored in Allentown, Pa. 


Fact: The Bell weighs 2080 lbs.


Fact: The Bible verse Leviticus 25:10 is inscribed on the Bell.


Fact: Why do I keep referring to the Bell and not by it's current name, the Liberty Bell? Because it was not originally called the Liberty Bell, the Liberty Bell name was given to it by the Abolitionists many decades later after the Bell came to be. 




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Comments (20)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

William, loved the refresher of the history of the Liberty Bell, now I wonder why it cracked did the sound waves cause it? Happy Fourth of July, Endre

Jul 03, 2017 06:15 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thanks for the history lesson William Johnson if I did know it I had completely forgot it.

Jul 03, 2017 06:28 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. , No one knows exactly. There is even disagreement on when it cracked. I prefer the fact that it cracked during the funeral of John Marshall, Chief Justice.

Jul 03, 2017 06:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

William I agree with you, Endre

Jul 03, 2017 10:17 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Bob "RealMan" Timm , That has to be true for most of us. 

Jul 03, 2017 07:06 PM
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

God bless america and those that serve to protect us each and every day.


Jul 03, 2017 07:13 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi William

Since I hail from the Philadelphia area I knew some of this. The bell, like Plymouth Rock, I fear, is not quite as impressive in person in my opinion. Fun history lesson for this important holiday!


Jul 03, 2017 10:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are amazing facts, William.  But, I'm sitting here wonding why there was so many issues with quality control that they couldn't produce a bell that wouldn't crack!

Jul 04, 2017 04:05 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS William, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Jul 04, 2017 04:08 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi William - Thanks for the interesting history of the Bell. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Jul 04, 2017 07:44 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning William and so nice to see you today. As a Philadelphia kid, I knew this. Great photo. Enjoy the day.

Jul 04, 2017 07:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this interesting history lesson.

Aug 05, 2017 12:58 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Growing upin the Philly suburbs , I loved this history lesson on the Liberty Bell !!!

Aug 23, 2017 05:55 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Good morning William.

I love history and believe I'm fair on what I know.  Some of this I was aware of but not all of it until now, thanks

Oct 07, 2017 02:33 AM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Independent architectural histor'n - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

The Philly papers have asked for suggestions on making Independence Park more attractive and one of them was to make the bell more visible when the pavilion is closed at night. It's overgrown and they have closed off the sidewalks around it.

Oct 12, 2017 08:11 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening William Johnson .

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland mentioned you in a blog today and I realized how much I missed your posting. Where are you and what are you doing? I've missed your posts!!

Jan 24, 2018 06:52 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Dorie,
Still here and doing fine. I will post and make up for being gone so long. I got involved with and my photography has had some world wide attention and it has been fun. I will get back to commenting and sharing opinions and ideas.
Thanks for your very sweet comments to Margaret.

Jan 24, 2018 07:10 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Now I want to hear about GuruShots and your photography with world wide attention! You definitely have my attention. So good to see you!!

Jan 24, 2018 07:31 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello William, I know this is a older post but I love your photo and history on the Liberty Bell.

Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day 2018 and ...

I wrote a new post about reaching out to ActiveRain members that are following me at the AR network, your name showed up #133 on my list ;o)

May 29, 2018 08:07 AM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Hi William,

 I was just thinking about you and thought I would check in. I know I am not the most active here either. Hope you are well my friend!


Dec 29, 2018 05:53 PM
Manuel Angeles
Exp Commercial - Los Angeles, CA
Commercial Real Estate Broker

Great post! Thank you for sharing this ☺


- Manuel Angeles

Nov 28, 2020 05:02 PM