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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Clock Tower clock now running electronically
The Cranbrook History Centre is thrilled about the latest addition to their collection: the gears from the clock in downtown Cranbrook.
According to volunteer Dave Humphrey, the clock parts have quite a bit of history behind them.
He says the clock tower, built between 1911 and 1912, was originally part of a post office, which was demolished in 1971. The city was offered the building for use as a library, which it declined.
"They were also offered the internal clock parts, which they turned down," Humphrey told Radio West host Rebecca Zandbergen. "Fortunately, the fellow who was demolishing the post office decided to protect the clock parts. He covered them in grease, and stored them out at Fort Steele."
"And then, in the 1980s, the local Rotary Club decided to rebuild a clock tower downtown … and re-install the clock parts in the clock tower."
Because winter weather caused some problems for the mechanical parts, the clock was switched over to an electronic system. However, the mechanical parts are still in the tower, and the history centre can wind up the mechanism for tour groups.
To hear the full story, click the audio labelled: Cranbrook clock tower parts still tickin' after history group takes them