Saturday, October 13, 2012
Out of the Jurisdiction: Santa Barbara
I was in Santa Barbara, California, last week. The beautiful County Courthouse was built in 1926 - 1929 and is one of Santa Barbara's most visited sites. Just below the observation deck of the Clock Tower is a small clock museum and mural visible behind glass walls.
The tower holds a massive 1929 Seth Thomas clock built in Connecticut. And, the new "History of Time" mural portrays key events and people in the history of clock-making. Portrayed prominently -- on the right wall, on either side of the clock face with Roman numerals -- are noted Connecticut clockmakers Eli Terry and Seth Thomas. The tale of the Santa Barbara museum and mural is told here.
Connecticut played a leading role in the history of clocks and watches in America. This winter I will post some photos taken at the clock museum in Bristol, Connecticut.