Historic downtown Oberlin bank clock topples

Staff Report

A landmark Oberlinians have grown accustomed to seeing for decades came crashing down Thursday morning.

The blue cast iron clock located near southeast corner of Main and College streets, which hasn’t worked for some time and recently had its face removed, toppled over after being bumped by a sign company’s bucket truck.

The clock was moved to Oberlin in 1972 by Oberlin Savings Bank president Ray Campbell, according to the Oberlin Heritage Society.

“On the clock itself, it does have what looks like a bronze panel that says, ‘Erected in 1865, in Cleveland, Ohio. Restored and moved to this site in 1972 by the Oberlin Savings Bank,’” Oberlin Heritage Society director Liz Schultz said.

Large cracks in the cast iron frame of the clock could be seen after it fell.

The bolts that held the clock in place appeared to have rusted and broken, and the clock could have toppled over at any time. No one was injured in the incident.

Staff Report