Listen for the chimes

May. 10, 2013 @ 08:02 PM

Listen for the chimes.
A longtime city fixture has a new home and a new life at the Southern Railway Depot.
City leaders gathered Friday for the unveiling of the High Point Merchants Street Clock which had stood for years on N. Main Street at the Merchants Association offices.
The merchants gave the Victorian-style post clock to the city of High Point in the 1990s. A city crew helped to restore it.
“We took all of the clock’s mechanisms out and cleaned them,” said Chris Shelley of the High Point Department of Transportation, “and got the chimes working again. Then we lightly sandblasted the exterior finish and painted it black to match the other street signs and signals in the market district.” 
The electric street clock hasn’t run for years. Members of the Southwest Renewal Foundation asked for the clock. With the help of  attorney Jim Morgan, the Lassiter Family of City Transfer & Storage Inc., Randy McCaslin, and High Point assistant city manager Randy McCaslin, the clock is ready again to give travelers the time.
“It’s soooo beautiful and so cool!” said  Dorothy Darr, co-chairperson of the Southwest Renewal Foundation. “The city of High Point did a beautiful job and should be commended. The clock dresses up the street and center of the market district.”