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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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