It is a commonly known fact that France gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States as a gift in 1886. It cost an estimated $250,000 to build. What is not as commonly known is that while the French commissioned the statue, Americans had to pay for the pedestal upon which she stands. The pedestal cost $334,000. The funds were not readily available and the statue was kept in crates for eleven months until the pedestal was built.
Side Note: From 1886 to 1902, she served as a lighthouse.