New Clock in Downtown Gadsden

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A gesture from the people of Gadsden to a landmark from Gadsden’s early years has returned. Downtown Gadsden, Inc. had a vision to place a clock in their downtown area. According to Director Kay Moore, in the early 1900s, there was a clock tower that stood 125 feet tall and was a major landmark at the center of the downtown area. Unfortunately, it was demolished in the 1950s. In later years, there was a clock that became a landmark along with a clock at the old State National Bank located at 6th and Broad. The clocks were dismantled and people asked for years to have a clock in downtown again. Now they do. The project cost nearly $25,000 with the funds raised through public-private partnerships. The city of Gadsden provided the base and installed the clock. The clock is an atomic clock that lights up at night. Moore says it’s a landmark that people can now say, “Meet me at the clock.”

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