Historic Gem City-Callahan clock will rise over Dayton tomorrow

The former Callahan clock, as its soon-to-be-former resting place at Carillon Park. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

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The former Callahan clock, as its soon-to-be-former resting place at Carillon Park. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

The former Gem City-Callahan-Reynolds and Reynolds clock will tower over Carillon Park starting tomorrow.

Dayton History, the non-profit overseeing Carillon Park and other local historic sites, is planning to hoist the former clock on to its Brethen tower Wednesday.

Some review: Dayton History announced last November that the Brethen Foundation was helping the park with restoring the historic Callahan Clock to the local skyline. For decades, the clock was a familiar sight first over downtown Dayton, then much later over motorists speeding along Interstate 75 through downtown.

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Recall that the foundation offered a $500,000 gift toward building not only a new tower for the clock, but a working railway station serving a rail line at the 65-acre Carillon Park. The tower was expected to stand around 100 feet in the air.

The new Brethen tower is at the very back of Carillon Park on the west end behind the Transportation Center.

The first building the former clock was on dates back to the late 1800s. The clock was first placed on the Callahan office building, which later became the Gem City Savings building in downtown Dayton, where the PNC building stands today at Third and Main streets.

“When this clock was set on top of it, it really set it (the building) apart from other buildings downtown,” Brady Kress, Dayton History president and chief executive, told us last year.

In 1978, the clock was moved to a Reynolds and Reynolds building in West Dayton near I-75. The city of Dayton asked Dayton History to take the clock in 2006 when that building was razed.

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