Public interest could push Spokane leaders to open clock tower

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 10:08 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- Saturday marks 40 years since Expo 74 came to Spokane and since the clock tower once was almost lost as part of renovations. However, do not expect to see any clock tower changes with the modern renovation plans for Riverfront Park that are under consideration. 

The clock tower played a prominent role with a countdown to the start of the World’s Fair in 1974.

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The City wanted to take the tower down along with two train stations in the years leading up to 1974. One of the train stations was connected to the clock tower.
   
"I think it would have been much better had the station remained as well for reuse after Expo,” said Jerry Quinn.

Quinn led the effort in the 1970s to save the train stations. The City demolished both of them.

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"There was no plan to save the tower until we did our Save the Stations effort,” said Quinn.

There were no plans to touch the clock tower as the City prepared to renovate Riverfront Park in 2014. The plans also do not include opening the inside to the public so anyone could enjoy the view. Park staff said it was not a top priority to open the inside of the tower. They said the Spokane leaders might consider it though if enough people wanted it.

Officials said the clock tower would remain as a local landmark of the past. They added there was still time to change the role the tower could play in Spokane’s future.

 

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