POINT PLEASANT — Some say time passes differently in Point Pleasant but in Gunn Park, it now literally passes for all to see on a new town clock.
The four-sided clock was placed on the Main Street end of Gunn Park at Fourth Street and will denote the beginnings of the newly named Hartley Square.
Main Street Point Pleasant Director Charles Humphreys said the clock is just the start of a bigger project that will pave the intersection of Main and Fourth Street with bricks, creating Hartley Square.
Humphreys said the Hartley family of Point Pleasant, which owns City Ice and Fuel Company, among other business ventures, has donated $75,000 to the city to purchase the clock and do the brick work. Humphreys said the clock alone cost $25,000 and was purchased from Cincinnati-based Verdin Clock Company, a family-owned business which has been in operation since 1842.
The clock, which strikes every hour on the hour, was installed on Wednesday by workers with the City of Point Pleasant.
“This is such a great addition to our historic city,” Mayor Brian Billings said. “This center area of our city will be a focal point for all of us and for those who come and explore what we have to offer. I, along with City Clerk Amber Tatterson, and our entire council, want to thank Charles Humphreys for his diligent work on this project and the Hartley family for their gracious support for the clock.”
Humphreys said the credit for the project goes to the Hartley family.
“Not only Point Pleasant, but Mason County, is lucky to have the Hartley family,” Humphreys said, stating other projects they have helped originate, including the purchase of the historic Kisar Home which they donated to the city and literally giving the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center a home. “They are really a community-minded business and family. Now, we’ll have a whole generation who will grow up knowing this clock and Hartley Square.”
Humphreys, who has been working on the idea of developing a picturesque town square for years, said he anticipates the brick laying portion of the project to be done as early as possible this year, weather permitting.
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