“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Old Clock

The Old Clock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
1. The Old Clock Marker
Dedicated to Roy W. Simmons and I. J. "Izzy" Wagner
February 2,2007

Friends and business partners, Roy Simmons and I. J. "Izzy" Wagner spent more than half a century building businesses - including Zions Bank - and improving their communities. The time they devoted to enhancing beauty, culture, and history in Salt Lake City continues to benefit the city and its citizens.

Among the historic landmarks in Salt Lake City, few have provided such continuous service as the "Old Zions Bank Clock". While no official account tells the story, tradition says the clock arrived in the 1870's in a wagon pulled by oxen. The foundry mark on the base of the clock shows the Robert Wood & Co. in Philadelphia cast it in iron shortly after the end of Civil War.

Originally installed within 30 feet of this site, the clock continues to withstand the test of time. A diversion from City Creek, which ran down Main Street, originally drove a water wheel that operated the clock. Later, the clock kept time with springs and wet cell batteries. By 1912, the original gears had been replaced and the clock was connected to the new electricity system in the bank. In 2007, the clockworks was rewired and restructured. Old paint was sandblasted off the ironwork, and the surface was refinished.

The Old
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By Bryan R. Bauer
2. The Old Clock
The Building Now Houses a Branch of Zion's First National Bank. See Nearby Marker "Eagle Emporium Building" for additional information.
Zions Bank clock is listed on both the state and national historical registries.
Erected 2007.
Location. 40° 46.015′ N, 111° 53.472′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and 100 South. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 South Main Street, Salt Lake City UT 84101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagle Emporium Building (a few steps from this marker); First Security Branch of Wells Fargo (within shouting distance of this marker); McIntyre Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Telegraph Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pony Express (about 400 feet away); Great Salt Lake City Station (about 500 feet away); First National Bank Building (about 500 feet away); Salt Lake Herald Building (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Salt Lake City.
More about this marker. The marker faces away from the street, toward the bank.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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