At the end of August in 1876 pieces of the statue, by Bartholdi, arrived in Philadelphia as part of the centennial celebration.

"Pieces of a forearm, wrist, hand, fingers, parts of a torch and what looked like a flame were laid on the ground beside a small lake." Workman eventually put the pieces together so visitors could go inside the arm, climb up a winding stairway to the base of the torch and see the fairgrounds.

(Source: Here Today and Gone Tomorrow by Suzanne Hilton, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1978).