Lady Liberty is the symbol of all that America is supposed to stand for and a constant reminder that there is no true democracy unless all citizens are free and share the same basic human rights. While many are unaware that this beloved statue, standing 152 feet tall, came from the French, it is a reminder of how the concept of freedom is an international goal, not just a national one.
This next lady resides in Butte, Montana, where the Continental Divide is located. The image of the Virgin Mary stands, illuminated, at an impressive 90 feet high, weighing over 80 tons. It’s the ideal landmark to witness up close and personal during the Montana starry night skies.
The Golden Driller is a symbol of man’s quest for black gold, also known as oil, during the great oil rush of the south. He is the epitome of American entrepreneurship and what the southern man looked like back in the 40’s and 50’s. He is cast in brass and stands 40 feet tall. This statue was so popular that two more of his kind was built years later.
The tallest statue of Jesus in North America and the 3rd tallest one in the world. This massive image of Christ stands 67 feet tall on top of a 1,500 foot mountain. This elevation falls just under the law that requires the incorporation of a flashing beacon to caution pilots. Needless to say, that addition would have been a bit jarring for observers.
The second largest statue in America of Jesus is the Lux Mundi, or “Light of the World” in Latin. Standing at 52 feet at the Solid Rock Church, this state is a recent addition to their property after suffering a loss of their previous statue in 2010 when lightning struck and compromised its integrity.
Traveling as a family poses a unique challenge. You want to find activities that keep the children entertained without boring the adults. Most parents want to sneak a bit of education into the trip, whether that is in the form of visiting a national landmark,...