Iowa courthouse clock tower to get facelift

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — The 117-year-old clock that sits atop the Clayton County Courthouse in northeast Iowa will get a nearly $50,000 facelift.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/19EhTsk) that a $32,700 Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection grant will help fund the project. Ellen Collins, chairwoman of the Clayton County Historic Preservation Commission, says the county will provide $16,433 in matching funds.

The courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1867 and 1868, with an addition to the building completed during 1877 and 1878. In 1896, the wooden clock tower was added, extending the height of the building an additional 45 feet.

Until a couple of months ago, the original historic E. Howard No. 1 striker tower clock had been in working order.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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