5. The Statue of Liberty’s Arm and Torch Were Displayed In Madison Square For Six Years

The hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty on display in Madison Square Park. Photo via New York Public Library.

Though it’s now a national symbol and popular tourist destination, the Statue of Liberty had a difficult road to construction. Starting in 1876 until 1882, the Statue of Liberty’s arm and torch were displayed in Madison Square Park to raise money for the construction of the statue and its base.