The historic Callahan Clock rises at Carillon Park

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A well-known Dayton landmark is once again part of the city’s skyline. The historic Callahan Clock has risen at Carillon park.

Spectators lined up along the Great Miami River, Wednesday, to see the Callahan Clock go up in Carillon Park.

Dayton resident Jim Weller was among them.

“The Callahan clock it used to be down at third and main when I was a kid,” he said. “It was an icon, downtown.”

It’s a historic landmark that’s been a part of Dayton’s history for decades.

The historic clock first sat atop downtown’s Callahan building, later the Gem City Savings building. Years later it was moved to the Reynolds and Reynolds building near I-75.

Another resident, Chuck Johnson said today say the clock is a familiar sight.

“I’ve got movies of it, taking it off of the Reynolds and Reynolds building,” he said.

Another man, George Kibler added: “It’s very nice to see it back to its probably original form and people in Dayton will be able to enjoy it.”

Dayton History has been the caretaker of the clock for the past few years. They hoisted it atop Brethen Tower where it will once again be visible to motorists on I-75.

“The right people were around at the right time to make sure this iconic piece of Dayton’s landscape was saved so hopefully this is the final home for it,” Dayton History President & CEO Brady Kress.

Dayton resident Tom Quigley added: “In the old days we used to buy our tickets at Lowe’s and look up and see the clock and see what time the movies were going to start showing.”

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