01/24/08 124 W, 1 I - + 16 - 15 State College Student Discovers Raleigh's Old Fire Bell

Here's a great story that appeared in the North Carolina State University newspaper Technician, about Matt Robbins and his discovery of the city's old fire alarm bell atop Withers Hall. See aerial view of building and cupola. The bell was cast in 1870 and was originally housed in a clock tower at Metropolitan Hall. It served as a clock bell, and also an alarm to summon the city's volunteer firefighters. It was moved to Station 1 in 1914, and removed from there in 1938. A decade later, it ended up atop a building at the college. Great story, and even includes an appearance by Yours Truly. More information on the early fire alarm system.

Here is a better aerial pic.
2redline (Email) - 01/24/08 - 23:11

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