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This may not be the best angle to see this bell tower but I ripped my pants climbing the bluff so here it is.  Visible from lots of parts of town here’s a bit about it from the tourist guide.     (81 of 365)

“The Bell Tower was for calling volunteer fireman and is the last remaining wooden tower of its kind in the U.S. The 75-ft. wooden tower was originally built in 1890 to hold a 1,500 lb. bronze bell. An elaborate mechanized ringing system in the tower alerted early Fire Department volunteers to locations of fires by tolling the bell in code. This system enabled volunteers to proceed directly to the fire instead of meeting at the downtown fire station. The Bell Tower system served the community until sometime in the 1920s.”     from   PTguide

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