Bell was the American Legion's gift to the nation's youth and was
carried aboard one of the AFT's two showcase cars -- visible to
the public day and night.
idea for the bell was to have children across the country donate
pennies towards its casting; melting the pennies down and actually
using their metal to cast the bell. The idea never got off the ground,
but the bell is still sometimes called the Children's Bell.
replica of the Liberty Bell (sans crack) was made by The I. T. Verdin Co in Cincinnati, Ohio and cast at the same European
foundry that made the original. The 7 1/2 foot high, 8 1/2 ton bell
was poured January 17 at the N. V. Petit & Fritsen Bell Foundry
in Aarle-Rixtle, Holland. Made of 80 percent copper and 20 percent
tin, the bell is tuned to the musical note "F", exactly
one octave below the sound of the Liberty Bell. It is 89 inches tall and 89 inches in diameter. It weights 16,830 lbs.
Bell now resides outside Washington DC Union Station without any
indication it visited all 48 contiguous states aboard the American
Image: David Lotz January 30, 2013