Clock towers have been around since at least 50 BC, when the Tower of the Winds was built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus in Athens. While necessary in times gone by to keep town residents aware of the time, clock towers have mostly disappeared.
In what small city in Georgia will you find this 1871 clock tower? (Find out the answer, or check if you’re right, by clicking on the tabs above)
This historic clock tower stands in the city of Rome, Georgia, on a grassy knoll high enough that residents can check the time no matter where they are. The brick structure started out as a water tower in 1871, with the four-faced clock added a year later. Made of heavy steel, the water tank is 26 feet in diameter and 60 feet deep–the clock tower stands 100 feet high in total. Inside, there’s a spiral staircase with 107 steps to the top.
According to the city of Rome:
The clock’s… face is 9 feet in diameter, the minute hand is 4 feet and 3 inches and the hour hand, 3 feet 6 inches. It is know in Waltham as their No. 2, hour striking, eight day clock. The bronze bell, which tolls the hour, has functioned properly since its original installation, but the first mechanism, and old hand windlass, has been replaced by a small electric motor.
Curated from: http://romegeorgia.com/clockhis.html
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Rome is a picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains–it’s named for Rome, Italy, which is also surrounded by seven hills. Some of this American city’s beauty comes from the Etowah and Oostanaula rivers that meet here, forming the Coosa River.
Here’s a photo tour of Rome, Georgia, from the top of the clock tower.