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Historic Bells 🔔 Historical Markers
Single bells have been used for signalling purposes for millennia (church bells, clock bells, fog bells, fire bells, plantation bells, school bells, etc.), and sets of bells have been used for musical purposes for almost as long (peals, carillons, chimes, etc.). This series includes all historic markers for which one or more bells are significant associated objects, even if they are not directly visible from the location of the marker.
This bell was salvaged from Frisco Railroad steam locomotive No. 734, built in 1905 and scrapped during the early 1950's.
It was donated to Confederate Park by Alf Miller Israel Thompson in memory of Pvt. L. Israel, Co E, 19th Alabama Infantry . . . — — Map (db m129335) HM
Old courthouse clock bell from 1897 to 1917
has been donated to Covington County
this Bicentennial year 1976
by H. Speller Moates and family.
Dedicated to the early settlers of Covington County
Erected in honor of
the . . . — — Map (db m94205) HM
Erected on this site by the Dale County Commission, this bell is made of brass and hung in the clock tower of the courthouse from its completion in 1902 until it was torn down in 1968. The bell was made in 1902 by McShane Bell Foundry Company of . . . — — Map (db m36565) HM
In 1878, Rev. James Lazaruth Bryars planted First Baptist Church in the community that would eventually come to be known as Flomaton. The bell was in the original wooden church building located on Palafox Street, and it was moved to the current . . . — — Map (db m146902) HM
This bell rang over the streets of Dothan from 1905 until 1960 when it was saved from demolition by Dewey Emfinger.
It was loaned to Houston County for display in 2006 by the Emfinger family in honor of Dewey and Beatrice Emfinger.
Thank you to . . . — — Map (db m83779) HM
The Wesleyan Bell was manufactured by the C.S. Bell Company in Hillsboro, Ohio, it is made of alloy steel, has a diameter of 38 inches, and is 24 inches high (not including its yoke). The weight of the bell is 660 pounds. When 350- pounds mountings . . . — — Map (db m28881) HM
For more than a century, this bell rang in the Limestone County Courthouse to notify residents of the time of day and of momentous events. The Courthouse and surrounding Square have been the heart of this community since Limestone County's founding . . . — — Map (db m154199) HM
The light beacon and fog bell in Big Springs International Park were presented as a gift from Norway in 1973.
The light beacon served as one of the guiding lights to the mariner from 1903 to 1966 being situated on the west coast of Norway at . . . — — Map (db m85545) HM
The Liberty Bell was commissioned November 1, 1751, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of William Penn’s Charter of Privileges for his Pennsylvania colony. The radical charter granted religious liberty to persecuted faiths, . . . — — Map (db m101506) HM
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was placed on permanent display at the Treasury by direction of Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snyder. It is a duplicate of the original Liberty Bell in tone as well as in structural details and . . . — — Map (db m70759) HM
Dedicated To You, A Free Citizen In A Free Land
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of
by direction of
The Honorable John W. Snyder
Secretary of the Treasury
As the inspirational . . . — — Map (db m27632) HM
For 75 years this bell tolled throughout Pinedale Valley as a symbol of unity, calling the settlers to school, church and socials and warning of disaster. Purchased in 1892, it hung for many years in a log schoolhouse near this site. Later it was . . . — — Map (db m36666) HM
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of Arkansas by direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder Secretary of the Treasury
As the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bonds Independence . . . — — Map (db m128491) HM
This bell rang from the bell tower of the magnificent courthouse that graced this site for seventy-nine years before the present structure was built in 1976. The former courthouse was built in 1897 by Judge John S.R. Cowan of Hughes at a cost of . . . — — Map (db m172208) HM WM
This trusty bell served Jackson
faithfully for over 70 years.
Located in tower near courthouse.
Warning of fire or other peril.
Dedicated July 8, 1989 by
Amador County Historical Society
Excelsior . . . — — Map (db m19750) HM
Within the bell
The following is inscribed
"Hung by G. Chisholm, Dan Ramazzotti
Oct. 18, 1907
Director – F. N. Soracco, F. Warner
E. Deacon – Sutter Creek Fire Co.
Cast by A. Fulton’s Son and Company
Ordered by . . . — — Map (db m94750) HM
Sutter Creek's first fire bell was ordered by William M. Tucker (1843-1910) for the Sutter Creek Fire Company.
The bell hung in a wooden bell tower in the late 1800s at the fire station near the corner of Spanish St. and Keyes St.
The bell was . . . — — Map (db m94751) HM
The Thomas Starr King Bell was donated to the town of Volcano by Unitarian preacher Thomas Starr King in 1862, who was greatful to the town for its support for the Union and the election of Abraham Lincoln. The bell was originally located at the . . . — — Map (db m101341) HM
Fashioned as either small ornaments or large enough to be heard for miles, bells have long been a part of human history and culture. First appearing around 2000 B.C. as simple percussion instruments, they continue to celebrate special events to this . . . — — Map (db m101587) HM
[Displayed at the Copperopolis Elementary School are a bell and a cannon along with their accompanying markers:]
This bell cast in 1860, the first school in Copperopolis in 1862. The bell yoke shows repair, break . . . — — Map (db m19793) HM
From New York in 1900 to the present day in California; from cookhouse to firehouse this bell has been a part of Vallecito’s history.
In 1906, Beach Thompson needing water for his hydraulic mining, and investors in San Francisco needing . . . — — Map (db m32727) HM
During the U.S. Bicentennial, President Gerald R. Ford dedicated a replica of the Liberty Bell as a war memorial. The bell was donated by the local Soroptimist International chapter. Liberty Bell Plaza covers the confluence of the two creeks that . . . — — Map (db m91565) HM WM
The Schoolhouse Bell once hung in the original Calabasas School, a one
room Victorian style building with a bell tower, which was constructed in
1890 at 24454 Calabasas Road. Around 1925, a new Spanish Colonial
Revival style structure was built . . . — — Map (db m156909) HM
Dominated by a shingled belfry and resonant bell, the first
schoolhouse in the Crescenta-Cañada Valley was erected on
this site in 1888.
Rehung in 1914, this bell summoned children to school until it
was dismantled in 1948, when it began . . . — — Map (db m147003) HM
The original Liberty Bell, cast in 1752, continues to serve as a symbol of courage and freedom. In the bicentennial year of 1975, the White Chapel Foundry in London cast 100 duplicate bells, two for each state. California cities which secured . . . — — Map (db m161082) HM
This replica of the “Bell of Dolores” was presented to the City of Los Angeles by the Republic of Mexico in 1968. This cherished relic of Mexican history represents not only Mexico’s bid for freedom, but also the beginning of democracy . . . — — Map (db m162015) HM
The Franciscans arrived from México in 1769 led by Fr. Junipero Serra who founded California Missions from San Diego to Sonoma. This trail was known as “El Camino Real” (the King’s Highway). The “El Camino Real . . . — — Map (db m162931) HM
The bell in the tower of this station was fabricated by the C.S. Bell Company of Hillsboro, Ohio. It weighs approximately 400 pounds and measures 30 inches in diameter at the base. The bell originally hung in the belfry of Saugus Elementary School, . . . — — Map (db m143725) HM
The friendship bell, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was presented as a gift from the people of the Republic of Korea to the people of the United States of America on the occasion of the American Bicentennial Jubilee to further the friendship and . . . — — Map (db m51064) HM
Serra played a decisive role in the European settlement of the New World. He was born Miquel José Serra in Petra on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca on November 24, 1713. Though not an assuming figure and plagued by ill . . . — — Map (db m143467) HM
This bell was salvaged from the ruins of the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco and hung at the McMenamin’s Mission Inn.
Robert C. Littlefield acquired it in 1961 and placed it in his garden home.
His widow Patricia donated it to the . . . — — Map (db m63222) HM
This bell cast in 1848, hung from 1854 until 1896 in the Pioneer Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). On demolition of the church, the bell was rescued by Senator C.L. LaRue. Presented by the Ellis McLanahan family, In the interest of local . . . — — Map (db m49553) HM
In 1869, near this location, Mr. Benjamin F. Kellogg helped establish the pioneer farming community of Fairview. In 1870 Mr. Kellogg donated land for the first Fairview school, built at today's Ball Road and Euclid Avenue. By 1888 the school, one of . . . — — Map (db m59762) HM
Cast in Sheffield by Naylor Vickers and Co. -1859 – E. Riepe’s Patent no 1027, arrived in Boston 1862 then shipped around the Horn to San Francisco via boat to Sacramento and by six horse team to Forest Hill. Miners raised $3,500 to pay for it . . . — — Map (db m44039) HM
This commemorative bell celebrates a combined century of service by the California Federation of Women’s Clubs and California State Automobile Association including the establishment of bell markers along the historical El Camino Real. — — Map (db m14819) HM
Dedicated To You, A Free Citizen In A Free Land
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of
by direction of
The Honorable John W. Snyder
Secretary of Treasury
As the . . . — — Map (db m14837) HM
(Left Side of Base Holding Bell)
built on the
Nov. 20, 1919
rung for the
last time by
Oct. 27, 1949
. . . — — Map (db m70035) HM WM
EL CAMINO REAL BELL
Placed Here June 24, 1910
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA
PARLOR No. 179
Native Daughters of
the Golden West.
Rededicated -- 1974
EL CAMINO REAL
June 24, . . . — — Map (db m82204) HM
The "El Camino Real Bells" have long been in place since the early part of the last century to mark the original route of "El Camino Real" from San Diego to Sonoma in California. The El Camino Real, (Royal Highway or King's Highway), closely follows . . . — — Map (db m150315) HM
The Santa Margarita Ranch House Bell. It is not known where the Santa Margarita Ranch House Bell was cast or in what year it was first hung in the arch on the front porch of the ranch house.
It has been suggested that it may have been . . . — — Map (db m117060) HM
This bell marks a place along the original route of El Camino Real, “The Kings Highway”, which connects the 21 missions from San Diego to Sonoma. Suspended from a pipe resembling a shepherd’s staff, the first bell was . . . — — Map (db m50664) HM
In 1874, a fire swept through the New Almaden community destroying many miner's homes. To prevent the recurrence of such a disaster, mine manager James Randol organized a local bucket brigade and ordered the construction of a bell tower and a . . . — — Map (db m114662) HM
From 1907 to 1925 this bell was used to summon the volunteer firemen of the town of Mayfield. First used at College Avenue and El Camino Real. The bell was transferred to the town hall at El Camino Real and California Avenue in 1921. When Mayfield . . . — — Map (db m91031) HM
Cast to commemorate the California State Normal School in 1881, this 3,000-pound bell was rung at 8 a.m. each morning until the earthquake stilled its voice in 1906. In 1910, the bell was re-installed in the maim building of the newly constructed . . . — — Map (db m52640) HM
These two artifacts were part of Sunnyvale's first City Hall, a
Spanish-style building located at the corner of South
Murphy Avenue and McKinley Avenue. Constructed in 1929,
the building was demolished in 1969. This City Hall Bell was
made by . . . — — Map (db m163130) HM
The Children's Bell Tower is dedicated to children everywhere. It was inspired by the death of seven-year old Nicholas Green of Bodega Bay who was shot by highway robbers while on vacation with his parents in Italy, on September 29, 1994.
All . . . — — Map (db m87570) HM
This bell was for many years at the honor farm at Frank Raines Park in the Del Puerto Canyon and was returned to Patterson because it was believed to be either the old Las Palmas School bell or the Presbyterian Church bell, both structures which are . . . — — Map (db m27357) HM
In 1769 the "El Camino Real - The King's Highway” was begun by the
Franciscans and lead by Fr. Junipero Serra. Missions were situated in
areas where large populations of Indians lived and where soil was
fertile enough to sustain a settlement. As . . . — — Map (db m154365) HM
Born: Arkansas May 18, 1883 To Crawford, Colorado, March 19, 1916
Died: January 22, 1969
Married: Sallie L Noble, Oct 10 1906
Three daughters: Annie Laura, Martha, Leslie Janie
Several abiding interests formed the structure . . . — — Map (db m159571) HM
Originally Dedicated to the Cadet Wing by The American Legion
and American Legion Auxiliary Department of Colorado
30 May 1981, this Memorial Honors All Who Serve.
The Twenty-Five Bronze Bell Carillon is a Tribute to All Members
of The . . . — — Map (db m160936) WM
The Golden Alarm Bell was purchased in 1904 by the original Loveland Hose Company of Golden from the C.S. Bell & Company, Hillsboro, Ohio. The bell was mounted on a tower at the corner of 9th and East Streets, the present home of the American Legion . . . — — Map (db m50594) HM
The Confederate bell was captured during the Civil War by Colonel Alexander Warner who later presented it to Governor Phineas Lounsbury. For many years the bell stood on the Grounds of the Lounsbury Mansion, which in 1953 became the Community . . . — — Map (db m23575) HM
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This bell hung in the Hollow Church which was relocated during construction of the Compensating Reservoir. It was cast in Hartford, CT in 1834.
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These boulders were provided by . . . — — Map (db m29848) HM
This bell was originally part of the clock located in the old city hall tower at 255 Main Street. In 1958, the municipal building was erected at this site.
In a joint venture, the city administration appropriated and various citizens donated . . . — — Map (db m98555) HM
Presented to the Town of East Haven
Commemorating American Bicentennial
1776 – 1976
By the Exchange Club of East Haven
It Served the Christ Church Congregation
From 1848 to 1964
Also Presented By
East Haven . . . — — Map (db m35583) HM
This bell, cast in the 1840’s was originally in the Liberty Hill Church from 1846-1960’s. In 1945, their assets, records, and membership were transferred here. The bell was installed here on this church’s 300th anniversary in 2000. — — Map (db m99039) HM
Dedicated to you, a free citizen in a free land, this reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of Delaware by direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder, Secretary of the Treasury.
As the inspirational symbol of the United . . . — — Map (db m42759) HM
This bell was donated to the Five Points Civic Association Fire Squad by the Weccacoe Fire Company, 2nd & Jackson Streets, Wilmington, Delaware and used to summon men to alarms in the early 1900's.
It was reconditioned and placed here as a . . . — — Map (db m130506) HM
The tower houses the original 1906 fire bell of the Rehobeth Volunteer Fire Company. This display and the new flag pole were built under the direction of the 1993 officers and members of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. with special . . . — — Map (db m71656) HM
[Marker Plaque 1:] "988 - 1988"
The year 1988 marks the 1000th anniversary of the baptism of Rus’ in the year 988 by decision of the Prince of Kiev, St. Vladimir the Great. This monument was erected by the American Spiritual Children of . . . — — Map (db m31271) HM
Dedicated November 13, 1989
as an enduring symbol of
The United States Department of
Education's goal to educate
every American to
His or her fullest potential
George Herbert Walker Bush, President of the United States of America
Lauro . . . — — Map (db m115930) HM
The House of Representatives commends the Florida Bicentennial Commission for making possible the placement of the Liberty Bell here where the public may see the bell and reflect upon the liberty the bell symbolizes. On November 19, 1974, House . . . — — Map (db m73010) HM
This bronze bell was forged by the E.W. Vanduzen Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Buckeye Bell Foundry in 1893. Originally placed in St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Indianapolis, Indiana, this was the largest of 9 bells. A musical collection of 9 bells . . . — — Map (db m110668) HM
The Province Bell was the name first used to describe me. I was ordered from the English bell foundry of Whitechapel in 1751 by the Pennsylvania Assembly. I was to be part of the celebration which would commemorate the 50th anniversary of William . . . — — Map (db m76520) HM
This bell was salvaged from a logging train used in Woodmere, a sawmill town south of Venice, on what is now Rt. 776. The abundant stand of pine trees in that area was dying from having been "bled" of their resin to make turpentine, a much valued . . . — — Map (db m47592) HM
This bell was part of a set of 11 chimes originally designed for a Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. Lincoln Hulley, Stetson University's second president, acquired the bells in 1915 and they were mounted in the cupola of Elizabeth Hall. When the . . . — — Map (db m46817) HM
This bell, salvaged from a sunken sea buoy at the Charleston Harbor entrance channel, was minted in 1911 for the U.S. Lighthouse Service (USLHS). The 1000 Pounders were used as fog signals on harbor entrance buoys, on lightships, and at some . . . — — Map (db m35061) HM
This bell was awarded to the First Baptist Church by Governor William J. Northen (1833-1913) to honor the first church built in the Colony City of Fitzgerald. Governor Northen was an outstanding Baptist layman who graduated from Mercer University at . . . — — Map (db m11705) HM
Chatham County Firefighters Memorial Last Alarm
Firefighters who have died in the line of duty
John Butler Fireman 1865 SFD Charles Schreck Fireman 1871 SFD George Puder Fireman 1873 SFD William L. Harroid Hoseman 1887 SFD John . . . — — Map (db m5641) HM
This bell, which is believed to be the oldest in Georgia, bears the date 1802. Imported from Amsterdam, it hung in the cupola of the City Exchange from 1804 until a short time before that building was razed to make way for the present City Hall. . . . — — Map (db m4913) HM
The highlight of Ed Waterhouse’s railroad career came in 1892 when he was assigned as engineer of the “Nancy Hanks,” the South’s first non-stop steamliner, and the pride of the Central of Georgia railroad. Running between Atlanta and . . . — — Map (db m95146) HM
Originally located in the bell tower of the Braselton High School, the bell was commissioned by Senator Isaac Frank Duncan for all students from 1920 until 1957. The school was built by the Town of Braselton’s founders, and when it closed in 1957, . . . — — Map (db m18270) HM
The Midway Congregational Church bell played a very important role in the lives of Dorchester Academy students. It kept time by ringing with an echo that could be heard seven to ten miles away. The bell rang every day at six, seven, eight, nine, . . . — — Map (db m9071) HM
The Bell, donated to the College by the
Georgia Railroad Bank, came from the
last steam locomotive of the Georgia
Railroad. In 1957, the bank also funded
the building of the tower to house the bell,
which at one time rang to mark the . . . — — Map (db m47808) HM
Dr. Richard Forrest served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Toccoa, Georgia, from 1925-1950. When the original framed church building was torn down and a new sanctuary built in 1926, members of the church's congregation agrees to donate . . . — — Map (db m64390) HM
Dedicated to the memory of the people who have contributed to the growth of the Big Island, its economy and its culture through their work on our many island plantations. This bell originally served the Hakalau Sugar Company. — — Map (db m111115) HM
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