The Great Chime Bell
G.W. Coffin founded the Buckeye Bell Foundry in 1837. This factory produced the finest and most ornate bells ever made in the United States. During the Civil War, the foundry produced canons for the war effort. A devastating Ohio River flood in January 1937 destroyed most of the Buckeye Foundry records.
The bell weighs 4800 lbs. with a circumference of nearly 16 ft. For comparison, the 'Liberty Bell' is smaller in size with a circumference of 12 ft. However, 'Big Ben', the nickname of the great bell in London Tower Clock, measures over 28 ft. The bronze composition is 80% copper and 20% tin. As the copper oxidizes, a slight green patina appears.
The waist of the bell is inscribed with the biblical verse Ephesians 5:14; "Awake O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you".
The bell is enclosed in an elegant rotunda folly reminiscent
Erected by Architect: Mary Marsh Lasseter, A1A.Historic Reproduction Consultant: Donald Klingbeil. Perkling Construction, Bradenton, FL.
Location. 27° 30.729′ N, 82° 34.662′ W. Marker is in Palmetto, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverside Drive and 12th Avenue West, on the right when traveling west on Riverside Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1112 Riverside Drive, Palmetto FL 34221, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast (within shouting distance of this marker); Palmetto (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Palmetto Baptist Church/Dr. M.B. Harrison (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 'Old' Palmetto Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Plymouth (approx. 0.4 miles Former Town of Fogartyville/Former Town of Wilhelmsenburg (approx. one mile away); Florida Highway Patrol School (approx. one mile away); Bealls Centennial (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palmetto.
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