Grandfather Clock.

World's Tallest Grandfather Clock

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Kewaunee, Wisconsin

Built as a 1976 Bicentennial project by Svoboda Industries, a local manufacturer of custom wood products. The Colonial-style redwood grandfather clock stands nearly 36 feet tall, has three faces -- morning, noon, and night -- and has real clockwork, motor, mechanisms, and chimes.

In November 1984 the clock was moved to the Top of the Hill Shop, just north of town on a rise above Lake Michigan. But the shop went out of business, the building was sold to the police as an evidence storage facility, and the clock's power was turned off. The police wanted the clock moved -- somewhere, anywhere -- because they really didn't want people coming around to their high-security facility and snapping photos.

Kewaunee disassembled the clock in July 2013 and set it up in a more visible spot downtown on August 27, 2014. Nearly a year was spent cleaning its delicate mechanisms before the clock resumed its timekeeping duties on July 30, 2015. A similar clock preservation effort was performed in Ohio for the World's Largest Cuckoo Clock.

World's Tallest Grandfather Clock

River Rd, Kewaunee, WI
From the intersection of Hwys 29 and 42, drive north on Hwy 42 for two blocks. You'll see the clock on the west (left) side.
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