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Bicentennial Bell

Bicentennial Bell  for Butler County was cast July 4, 2003, at Lakota East High School as part of Liberty Township's Fourth of July observance. The Ohio Bicentennial Commission authorized casting commemorative bicentennial bells on site in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Each bell was two feet high and weighed 250 pounds. A bicentennial commission web site said "that 200 years ago, as the Northwest Territory opened, there was a great need for bells in Ohio schools, courthouses and churches." The web site said "the Commission enlisted the world's largest bell company. The Cincinnati-based Verdin Co., in business since 1842, has provided bells and ringing equipment to more than 30,000 churches. Perhaps best known for creating and casting the 33-ton, 12-foot-tall World Peace Bell for the millennium celebration, Verdin commissions include the famed "Big Ben" bell in London and the 1804 San Juan Capistrano mission bells." Verdin employed a "foundry on wheels" to produce each bell in a two-day "out-in-the-open" public event. The commission said the bells were molded in the "American" style of the Liberty Bell, personalized with a county name, forging date, the Great Seal of Ohio and the Bicentennial logo. Each county will be responsible for deciding where their casting takes place and where the finished bell is displayed."  The Butler County bell is displayed in the Butler County Government Services Center, 315 High Street, Hamilton.

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