The Gastown Steam Clock in the Fall months is both a source of heat due to its mechanisms as well as a popular tourist attraction.
The Gastown Steam Clock was built in 1977 and a more recent addition to the historic Gastown, the clock was funded by merchants and local property owners to mimic some of the world's first steam powered clocks. It runs on a steam engine which can be seen from the amount of steam released from the top of the clock. Only a few of these fully functional clocks still exist, making this particular clock a rare sight.
This clock added to the prestige of the neighbourhood which suffered through the 1960's as it housed a significant portion of homeless living in the city of Vancouver and was rehabilitated in the 1970's. This story is recounted on a plaque found as the bottom of the Steam clock.
At each hour, on the hour, a fantastic blast of steam and a series of chimes, a familiar tune borrowed from the Westminster chimes "Big Ben", mark the passing of another hour in this historic little town. Many people gather at the clock's location and wait for the chimes and accompanying whistles which follow.
Visitors to Gastown can clearly identify the location of this handcrafted clock as steam is continuously released throughout the day as well as its distinctive chimes on the quarter hour (short) and the hour (full chimes).
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