Wheeler Clock Tower

@teamfreak16 (41181)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
April 2, 2017 1:53pm CST
This is the Wheeler Clock Tower, located in Downtown Manitou Springs, Colorado. Built in 1889 by Manitou's first banker, Jerome B. Wheeler, the clock was a gift from Wheeler to celebrate the opening of the Manitou Mineral Water Bottling Company, and was cast in Italy. The statue atop the clock is the Grecian Goddess Hebe, the Goddess of Youth. It is identical to a statue of Hebe that Mrs. Wheeler reportedly became enamored with while in Rome. The clock, at one time, was also a fountain, with small bowls at the bottom of the tower. Back then, water flowed into the bowls so that thirsty dogs could drink fresh water. Now, the bowls are empty, and probably appear to serve no purpose. Today, the tree lined clock tower provides benches for weary tourists to rest as they ponder their next destination. It's also a great makeout spot at night! (Photo by me) (Info verified by The Denver Post)
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@boiboing (12696)
• Northampton, England
2 Apr 17
I have a friend whose daughter is called Hebe. People always ask her "As in the shrub?" I think you kind of deserve to have questions like that if you give your kid a pretentious name.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Apr 17
There's a Hebe shrub? Had no idea.
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@boiboing (12696)
• Northampton, England
2 Apr 17
@teamfreak16 Very popular in UK gardens -
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Search-Results?query=Hebe
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Apr 17
@boiboing - Who knew? Not me!
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@Corbin5 (106697)
• United States
2 Apr 17
Mr. Wheeler had a beautiful clock created!! I am sure Mrs. Wheeler was very pleased.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Apr 17
I would hope so. She kind of picked out the statue!
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@Corbin5 (106697)
• United States
2 Apr 17
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@snowy22315 (47423)
• United States
2 Apr 17
It seems like it is a real landmark for the town!
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Apr 17
It's kind of in the middle of downtown.
@amadeo (66076)
• United States
2 Apr 17
That is a fine looking clock there.We have one here in town.Not as tall as yours. Make out.Well is this where they go there? Very romantic there.Is this where you go at times?
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Apr 17
I have gone there in the past, yes.
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@amadeo (66076)
• United States
2 Apr 17
@teamfreak16 I see.Now your all settled?
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Apr 17
@amadeo - Yes, exactly. I can make out at home now.
• Eugene, Oregon
10 Apr 17
Was the running water turned off due to drought? Maybe they can use it again. Very impressive tower.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 Apr 17
I'm not sure. Could be because there's no bottling plant anymore.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Apr 17
@teamfreak16 Oh, that might explain it.
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@Telynor (1285)
• United States
3 Apr 17
The original statue of Hebe was carved by a Scandinavian artist by the name of Bertil Thorvaldsen. It's one of my favourites.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 Apr 17
Oh yeah? Did not know that.
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@Telynor (1285)
• United States
4 Apr 17
@teamfreak16 yep. I looked at your pix for a bit, and thought, ,"hey, I know this one."
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• Preston, England
2 Apr 17
lovely clock tower and statue
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Apr 17
And it still works, other than the fountain part.
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• Preston, England
4 Apr 17
@teamfreak16 hardly any such drinking fountain still work here now
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@FayeHazel (18042)
• United States
3 Apr 17
Wow, that's beautiful. If I had someone to make out with I would want to take them there. lol.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 Apr 17
There are a couple good places here, actually.
@Ronrybs (7347)
• London, England
3 Apr 17
Hebe was cupbearer to the gods, so I see the connection with a bottling company!
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 Apr 17
It does make perfect sense, now that you mention it.
@JudyEv (123426)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
That's a really neat clock. Lovely big 'face'.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 Apr 17
It totally fits in with the town, even with a Greek Goddess on top.
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@TRBRocks420 (77867)
• Banks, Oregon
2 Apr 17
Very cool clock tower there.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Apr 17
It's neat. I walk past it almost everyday.
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@JohnRoberts (57396)
• Los Angeles, California
2 Apr 17
Fantastic old clock tower. A perfect centerpiece for your town.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Apr 17
It doesn't even really look as old as it is, either. Not to me, anyway.
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