Old Clock at Zion's First National Bank
For over a century, the Old Clock at Zion's Bank has been one of Salt Lake's leading downtown landmarks. Over the years it has been powered by, in turn, a water wheel, hand wound springs, an electric motor powered by wet cell batteries then standard line voltage then by a master clock in the bank. For many years people planning on getting together in downtown Salt Lake City would simply say "I'll meet you at The Old Clock." The clock is listed on both the state and national historical registries.
Backstory and Context
Originally installed within 30 feet of this site, the clock continues to withstand the test of time. A diversion from City Creek, which ran down Main Street, originally drove a water wheel that operated the clock. Later, the clock kept time with springs and wet cell batteries. By 1912, the original gears had been replaced and the clock was connected to the new electricity system in the bank. In 2007, the clockworks was rewired and restructured. Old paint was sandblasted off the ironwork, and the surface was refinished.