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Lady Liberty statue

The Lady Liberty statue that stood for 50 years in front of the Sioux City Auditorium is shown in storage at the Sioux City Public Museum on Jan. 30, 2013. The statue now has a home at Liberty Elementary School in Sioux City. 

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SIOUX CITY | Sioux City's Statue of Liberty, one of 200 copper replicas donated by the Boy Scouts of America between 1949 and 1952, used to sit outside the Sioux City Auditorium, now Long Lines Family Rec Center.

The statue, which stands 8 1/2 feet tall, was put in storage when the Tyson Events Center opened in 2003. It's now on display at Liberty Elementary School in Sioux City.

The eventual placement of the statue came on the heels of many conversations with the city to find a new, permanent home.

The Junior League of Sioux City suggested moving the statue to Cook Park, 505 Market St., as part of park improvements the league funded, but the plans never materialized.

In 2004, Mayor Dave Ferris asked about plans to relocate the statue, but nothing came of those either.

In 2006, Councilman Brent Hoffman proposed the statue be placed in Chautauqua Park on Harbor Drive or by the Sgt. Floyd Riverboat Museum & Welcome Center on the riverfront. Mayor Craig Berenstein said at the time his first choice was to return the statue to the parking lot.

A decade later, it found a permanent home at Liberty Elementary School, 1623 Rebecca St.

When the statue was dedicated in 2013, Superintendent Paul Gausman said that an elementary school was a particularly appropriate place for the statue because the district's students would get an extra dose of history lessons.

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