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Indianapolis Steam Clock

New postby Andy Krietzer » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:45 pm

This is a steam clock in Indianapolis. It is located on the canal in White River State park, just next to the Indiana State Museum, next door to the Eiteljorg Museum. It was made in about 2002, and plays segments of "Back Home in Indiana" every 15 minutes. It is a mechanical clock, but it is wound (by electric motor, or possibly by steam). The pipes on top actually play the notes, as a pipe organ.

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Re: Indianapolis Steam Clock

New postby veritas » Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:27 pm

Interesting clock Andy.I never have seen a steam clock before.Is there a boiler underground that supplies the steam?
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Re: Indianapolis Steam Clock

New postby Andy Krietzer » Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:36 pm

Hi Kevin,
I'm not sure where the steam comes from now. Apparently most large cities had steam piped to businesses around 100 years ago, and they would pay a monthly fee, just like now we do for gas and electric. They would use it for heat or any use they had for heat/steam. I think I saw a website years ago about an old steam clock, and I think it was somewhere in Canada.

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Re: Indianapolis Steam Clock

New postby Andy Krietzer » Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:43 pm

Kevin,
See if this link works. It is called the Gastown steam clock, in Vancouver, BC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keNuif_d ... re=related

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Re: Indianapolis Steam Clock

New postby veritas » Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:58 pm

hi Andy, i watched the Youtube video and it was pretty neat.I have never seen this clock but hope to one day.I lived in British Columbia many years ago and never made it to the coast.
here is another link to this clock.Apparently this clock is not that old, but a major tourist attraction.As i would imagine most steam clocks are.

http://www.hickerphoto.com/steam-clock- ... ctures.htm
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