79. Theme 284 ~Statue~
For many immigrants, the Statue of Liberty was their first view of the United States, signifying new opportunities in life. The statue is an iconic symbol of the American Dream. HERE’S a short video clip of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in 1903…. made by Thomas Edison himself!
Contrary to popular belief, the Statue is actually located in NJ waters off Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ although both New Jersey and New York share jurisdiction of the island, formerly known as Bedloe’s Island. Utility services, including electricity, waterand sewage to Liberty Island are provided by New Jersey although the mail is delivered from New York. You can read about the dispute, which was settled by the Supreme Court in 1997, HERE. By the way, did you know the Statue of Liberty used to be a lighthouse?