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21 New York Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange
If you take a look to the pediment of the New York Stock Exchange there, you can see several marble figures and right in the center there's a lady representing integrity and she's protecting on either side of her, figures representing the works of man, you’ve got agriculture, industry, trade and various figures like that. Well, the curious thing is they're not actually marble because when they put them up there they were marble, but they were so heavy, 90 tons, that they started cracking the pediment and they had to take them down again. The statues you see up there today are actually very clever copies and they were constructed from copper sheets, molded around the hollow skeleton, much like the Statue of Liberty was made and they were painted over to give them a marble effect and reinstalled at just a tenth of the weight of the originals. Although, many people won't even know the difference. The story of the New York Stock Exchange begins in the shade of a Buttonwood tree that grew just around the corner, here at 68 Wall Street. All the traders used to gather there to do their dealings and in 1792, they signed an agreement there that formed the basis for the New York Stock Exchange. They continued to meet there and in other places around like coffee houses, till 1903 when the New York Stock Exchange building here, was finished. What happened to the Buttonwood tree? Well, in 1865, that one sadly was uprooted by a storm but at least we have this little fella here to remind us of the story.
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