Photo by Diane Fetzner
As you walk across the grassy expanse of City Beach at the end of Bridge Street, and your toes hit the sandy beach, you’ll notice a pier jutting out into Lake Pend Oreille with none other than a miniature Lady Liberty at its end, faced in with its torch raised to the city of Sandpoint.
A bit larger than a human, this Lady Liberty is smaller than her New York namesake, but she still brings visitors to pose for pictures beneath her upraised torch. Sandpoint’s Lady Liberty made her way to City Beach in 2003, as a gift from the estate of Lee Turner, a local who owned the Cowgirl Corral in Ponderay and the Captain’s Table in Bayview.
The statue stood for many years in Ms. Turner’s garden, until it was donated by the family and has since become an iconic focal point of City Beach, gracing its shores with the dramatic mountain backdrop behind.