Historic clock returning to downtown location

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Crosby Clock is removed from its place on Laura Street while construction is under way.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacobs Jewelers historic clock is returning to its downtown home after a yearlong trip across the country for restoration.

The initial installation began Friday with the construction of a concrete foundation to house the 2.2-ton clock, which will be located at the corner of Laura and Adams streets.

It will take about three to four weeks to build the foundation structure, officials said. They said the clock will then be installed and tested for another 10 days. An official unveiling and special presentation will be held on April 17.

The unique timepiece is one of 12 remaining out of only 100 manufactured by the Seth Thomas Clock Company of Connecticut in 1901. Jacobs Jewelers purchased the clock and installed it in front of its original location on Bay Street soon after the Great Fire of 1901 as a symbol of Jacksonville emerging from the catastrophic event.

The store and the clock moved from Bay Street to Forsyth Street several years later and then moved again in 1930 to the corner of Laura and Adams streets, the store's current location.

Jacobs Jewelers gifted the clock to the city of Jacksonville in 1995.

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