Strengthen the Arm of Liberty: Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Kansas derived its name from the pioneering spirit of John Gillespie Hill, who settled in the region back in 1871. Initially known as Hill City, this charming town had to relinquish its original moniker due to the existence of another Kansas city bearing the same name. Hence, on a historic day, June 20, 1879, it gracefully embraced the name “Hillsboro.”

Fast forward to the year 1950, when the town celebrated the arrival of a magnificent replica of the Statue of Liberty. This remarkable feat was made possible by the collective effort of Boy Scout Troop 129, the Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legion. In an inspiring display of unity and determination, they tirelessly worked together to raise the required $350 to bring this symbol of liberty to their beloved town.

Hillsboro’s rich history continued to unfold, a tapestry woven with the threads of its pioneers’ courage and the spirit of those who cherished their town’s heritage. The Statue of Liberty replica remains a cherished icon, standing as a beacon of inspiration for generations to come, a testament to the power of unity and the enduring pursuit of dreams.

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