Saturday, January 19, 2008

Time flies


A fellow blogger, mentioned in an email that the clock tower that use to grace the top of this old building, may of been converted into the monument on the south lawn of this building. Here's a photo with the monument. I believe the four statues on each side, represent our military forces - Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines. And, the one on top, I'm only guessing - has to do with justice, or liberty. This was a "drive by shooting" (with my camera!) - I'm glad the statues didn't shoot back. I was disappointed in seeing I didn't quite get the top details of the building and statue, but considering it was a drive by, I'm pleased with it. I was multi-tasking, and focusing more on the traffic and stoplight, than the camera.

If you'd like to see an old photo that shows this building with the clock tower - click here http://www.wichitaphotos.org/graphics/wpl_wpl1975.jpg and enlarge the photo.

I'm back after taking a closer look at the old photo from the above link. I see the clock tower on top of the building, and the monument on the lawn. So, now, I'm wondering - what became of the clock topper of this great old building. Why was it of been removed, and where did it go? Maybe time really does fly - and it flew away!

Update, and my thanks to the commenter that posted the following information:
The clock tower was struck by lighting in the 1950's and was taken down. The monument was actually built in 1912-1913. It is to honor the Union's civil war dead. It is called the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument. The 4 statues represent the 4 branches of the Union army; Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry, and Navy.

6 comments:

david mcmahon said...

In answer to your question - You know what they say, time and tide wait for no man! I grew up in a city with clocktowers as well.

I think they were a legacy of British town planning.

Thank you for the delightful comment, appreciative of the fact that other bloggers acknowledged that I recommended your site.

It was a great picture and deserved the attention. Bravo, Wendy!

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Jim said...

The clock tower was mighty tall. Could be the wind knocked it down. The Courthouse is still very beautiful.

kawwsu77 said...

The clock tower was struck by lighting in the 1950's and was taken down. The monument was actually built in 1912-1913. It is to honor the Union's civil war dead. It is called the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument. The 4 statues represent the 4 branches of the Union army; Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry, and Navy.

Wendy said...

kawwsu77 - thank you for the great info - I've added it to my post.