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Riverfront Park clock tower

Dave Randolph has been the caretaker of the clock at Riverfront Park more than 20 years. The clock recently was stopped for repair but is ticking again. Every week Randolph walks up to the top to wind the 110-year-old mechanism.

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Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

The rising sun frames the Riverfront Park clock tower in the arches of the main entrance bridge, Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

The dedication memorial is mounted on the west facing wall of the Riverfront Park Clock Tower.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

An early morning walker passes by the Riverfront Park Clock Tower, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Riverfront Park is a popular exercise area for downtown residents and workers.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Several hundred pounds of cast iron counterweight hang inside the Riverfront Park Clock Tower, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. These weights are what Dave Randolph has to wind back up the top of the tower every Wednesday.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Dave Randolph climbs the many steps of the Riverfront Park clock tower to wind the counterweights and check for any needed repairs. The first two ladders are straight up before you get to several sets of stairs.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Dave Randolph makes the long climb to the top of the Riverfront Clock Tower every Wednesday to wind the mechanism and check the running condition of the four faces that thousands of people look to for the correct time every day.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Visitors who make the long climb up to the top of the Riverfront Park clock tower are allowed to sign their initials to the small wood shed that holds the mechanical parts of the four clock faces.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Dave Randolph makes the long climb to the top of the Riverfront Clock Tower every Wednesday.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Dave Randolph makes the long climb to the top of the Riverfront Clock Tower every Wednesday to wind the mechanism and check the running condition of the four faces of the clock.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

“It may be German or it may be Italian, but I know it is old and with the proper care it should last forever” says Dave Randolph.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Dave Randolph does his weekly maintenance and winding on the Riverfront Park Clock Tower, Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Dave Randolph is in charge of the huge clock that graces the four sides of the Riverfront Park clock tower.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Dave Randolph does a visual check of the four clock faces in the top of the Riverfront Park clock tower.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Dave Randolph has been the caretaker of the clock tower for more than 20 years.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Looking west from the Riverfront Park clock tower framed by the stone arches above the clock faces on the tower, Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Looking west from the top of the Riverfront Park clock tower, Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Looking east from the Riverfront Park clock tower framed by the stone arches above the clock faces on the tower


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Looking east from the top of the Riverfront Park Clock Tower, Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Looking south from the Riverfront Park clock tower framed by the stone arches above the clock faces on the tower, Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Looking south from the top of the Riverfront Park clock tower.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Detail of one of the stone pillars atop the Riverfront Park clock tower.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Looking south from the Riverfront Park clock tower over downtown Spokane, Wash.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Looking south from the Riverfront Park clock tower over downtown Spokane, Wash.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

Details of the columns supporting the stone arches above the Riverfront Park clock tower clock faces.


Christopher Anderson - The Spokesman-Review

The Expo 74 pavilion as seen from the top of the Riverfront Park clock tower.

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