Courthouse Clock - Leon, IA
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N 40° 44.445 W 093° 44.801
15T E 436957 N 4510246
Quick Description: I would not have noticed this clock - except - it went off while I was taking photos of the Statue of Liberty
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 11/13/2013 8:18:37 AM
Waymark Code: WMJFX4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

County of Clock: Decatur County
Location of Clock: In courthouse tower, Main St., between 2nd St. & 3rd St., Leon
The courthouse is the sixth building the county has used for court functions and county administration.
1907 - Present-day courthouse was built using iron, stone, steel, tile brick, marble and granite in its construction.

"Monster Time Keeper Started at Four O'clock Saturday Afternoon of Last Week.

"Walter S. Buckley, representing the Seth Thomas Clock Co., of Chicago, finished the work of installing the machinery of the big clock in the Court House Tower last Saturday and at once started the clock. The clock kept excellent time from the first and required but little regulating from the moment the big time keeper was set in motion. Monday, Mr. Buckley, with a force of men began casing in the weights and boxing in the works of the clock. That is now completed and the clock is ready to be turned over to the county at the end of a thirty day test. It is a fine clock and it finishes up the new Court House in the best of style.

"The clock runs seven days without rewinding and will do good service for fifty or more years. Mr. Buckley stated to a JOURNAL Representative Tuesday that he had recently cleaned a number of their clocks that had been in service a quarter of a century and longer and that he found little or no wear in the mechanism of any of them. The pendulum rod in the new clock in the Court House Tower in this city, is eight feet long and the ball on the end of the same weighs l75 pounds. The striking weight weighs l,075 pounds and the time weight that furnishes the motive power for operating the works of the clock, weighs 220 pounds. The bell tips the scales at about 800 pounds. There is a cast iron frame over the dial of the clock which is made of plate glass. The clock has a ball bearing tower center. The hands of the clock are set on all four dials at the same time by means of a small key." ~ Decatur County Journal - June 28, l908

Decatur County Courthouse History

Status: Working

Display: Mounted

Year built: 6/28/1908

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