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Statue of Liberty Gets Final Three Spikes

December 11, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ The final three refurbished spikes in the Statue of Liberty’s crown were put in place Tuesday, completing the exterior restoration of the 305-foot monument in New York Harbor.

The spikes, all 9 feet long and weighing from 150 to 200 pounds, were fitted into slots on the crown and bolted in place, said Henning Nielsen, director of public affairs for the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

The statue’s seven spikes are all now in place, and the scaffolding which has surrounded the statue since the project began will be removed gradually over the next four months, Nielsen said. The statue’s 100th anniversary is next year.

The completed statue will be unveiled at celebrations scheduled for the Fourth of July next year and the structure’s actual centennial day, Oct. 28, 1986.

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