It is the third largest copper sculpture in the United States, after the Statue of Liberty in New York City and "Portlandia" above the entrance to the Portland Building in Portland, Oregon.
The Hermann Monument commemorates the victory of Hermann, a Germanic chief, over the Roman Army in September, 9 AD in the Teutoberg Forest of today's North-Rhine Westphalia.
Located on a ridge above the City of New Ulm and the Minnesota River Valley, a spiral staircase winds around the central support to an interior observation level floor. Additional stairs and a trapdoor lead to an exterior observation level just below the statue.
The base of Kasota Stone stands 18 feet, with 25 foot pillars supporting a 27 foot cupola.
Hermann and his raised sword can be seen from all major entry points into New Ulm, and is even visible from the nearby town of Sleepy Eye, 14 miles to the west.
It was a project of the National Sons of Hermann Lodges in the United States, with Local Lodge No. 21 primarily responsible.
The Hermann statue atop the cupola is 32 feet to the tip of the sword. Constructed from copper over an internal steel frame, it was designed by Alphonso Pelzer and built by the W.H. Mullins Company of Salem, Ohio.
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