Clock hands returned to the Depot this weekend.
In June, Phil Wright of the Tower Clock Company began restoration work on the hands. Wright mentioned they were in good shape – usually they will need to build new hands; however, wood hardener and sanding were able to repair minor dents from hail storms. The clock’s numbers are made from wrought iron, and its hands are made from wood. Wright took the hands back to his shop in south Charleston, Ohio for the restoration.
The clock tower was built in October of 1889 and was restored last in 1994.
Glen Garrett, the principal architect on the depot restoration project, winds the clock each Friday. It has functioned for 130 years and is still accurate to within 30 seconds each week. Railroads historically wanted to keep clocks accurate to within 30 seconds.
These combined efforts keep a very special symbol for the Cheyenne community alive.