The bell quit ringing decades ago when disrepair of the bell stand
made it too unsafe to ring the massive bell. The Logan County Board
received a Richard H. Driehaus County Courthouse Grant from
Landmarks Illinois to help pay for repairs to allow the bell to
In addition to repairing the bell stand, the strike mechanism for
the bell has been repaired. The four Seth Thomas clocks on the
courthouse dome, which trigger the bell, also have been restored.
The clocks have received new hands on the dials and new brass
counterbalance rods and bronze counterbalance weights.
The majestic county courthouse anchors downtown Lincoln's
14-block Courthouse Square Historic District. Constructed of
Cleveland sandstone, the building is 125 feet from the ground to the
top of the dome. The cast-iron bell and clocks were installed when
the courthouse was built in 1905.
Note: The ribbon-cutting will actually begin about 9:45 a.m.
Monday, so the remarks can be completed in time to hear the bell
ring on the hour at 10 a.m. as the ribbon is cut.
[Text from file received from Jan
Schumacher, Logan County