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TimeOutside: Outdoor clocks in Clemson area

Ashleigh Snyder // Contributor

The view of Old Main’s clock face from campus. 

The Clemson area is known for its wonderful outdoor timepieces, and this week we’ll be taking a look at some of the finest examples of public chronometers in the region.

  1. Old Main Clock Tower

This clock tower, complete with four faces and a carillon, chimes every quarter hour from morning to night during every student’s time at Clemson. Old Main’s bell is the largest instrument in South Carolina, and on-campus residents love waking up to its melodies. There’s a reason that this clock is perhaps the single most iconic symbol of the University, towering over Bowman and all of central campus. 

  1. Central Town Clock

This clock sits by the railroad tracks in the heart of downtown Central. Harkening back to this little town’s railroad origins, it ticks away the center of Central, providing a lovely small-town feel. Have lunch at The Depot Dog and bask in the glory of this little clock on a pole.

  1. City Hall

Standing in for the recently removed clock on a post in downtown Clemson, this light-up sign outside of Clemson City Hall at the corner of U.S. Highway 123 and U.S. Highway 76 usually features a display that includes the time, date and weather over top of a mountain view. It’s a touch of beauty in a suburban mega-street hellscape, with the added excitement of occasional ads for community events.

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