Keepers of the Clock at the Atlanta Museum

Atlanta Public Library, Museum and Clock Tower

100 SE Race St
Atlanta, IL
(217) 648-2112
Route 66 attraction, Architecture

Built in 1908, the octagonal library with a 36- ft clock tower is now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places. The clock tower was built in 1909 at Atlanta High School and rebuilt at its current location in 1982. The locals are “Keepers of the clock” and are still entrusted with the important job of hand-winding the clock three times a week so that the 36-inch, 1,200-pound brass bell is ready to ring on the hour.

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