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Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower

 
 
Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 31, 2015
1. Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower Marker
Inscription.  Land on Havermale Island was provided to the people of Spokane by Burlington Northern Inc. to serve as the center of Expo ’74. The Clock Tower of the former Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot, built in 1902, now stands as a monument to the railroad industry and its role in the development of Spokane and the Pacific Northwest.
 
Erected by Burlington Northern Railroad, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 47° 39.689′ N, 117° 25.144′ W. Marker is in Spokane, Washington, in Spokane County. Marker can be reached from North Howard Street 0.1 miles north of West Spokane Falls Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Marker is mounted at eye-level, on the west side of the Great Northern Railroad Clock Tower on Havermale Island in Riverfront Park, about 1/10 mile east of North Howard Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spokane WA 99201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Spokane (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Havermale Island — Pioneer Stronghold
Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 31, 2015
2. Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower
(marker visible near base of tower)
(about 500 feet away); Spokane County Conservation Futures Program (about 700 feet away); Washington State Pavilion (about 800 feet away); Expo '74 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Fire of 1889 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spokane's Evolving Riverfront (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Legacy of Railroads (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spokane.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Great Northern Clocktower. It is one of the few surviving remnants of Havermale Island as it was from the first years of the 20th century until Expo ‘74. The major rail yards established on the banks of the Spokane River were removed to make way for Expo ‘74. Today, Riverfront Park stands where the heart of Spokane’s industry once stood. The Great Northern clock tower reminds visitors of the city’s history and its booming rails. (Submitted on August 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Great Northern Railroad Depot Clock Tower. The four Clock faces are 9 feet across on each side, making it the largest Clock Tower in the West. The 8 ft. pendulum and weight which powers it
Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2015
3. Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower
(looking north from the Centennial Trail in Riverfront Park)
weigh 500 lbs. The clock has had to be wound once a week by a hand crank. A Riverfront Park employee climbs up every week to keep it running on time. When the Riverfront Park was constructed for Expo 1974, the train station was demolished leaving the Clock Tower. (Submitted on August 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2015
4. Great Northern Railway Passenger Depot Clock Tower
(looking west across the Spokane River from the Centennial Trail at First Interstate Center for the Arts)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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