Scene in Edmonds: Museum school bell removed for rehab

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Sparks fly as the metal chains holding the bell to the old structure are cut.
Sparks fly as the metal chains holding the bell to the old structure are cut. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

First installed in the belfry of the old Edmonds Graded School in 1897, the original Edmonds School Bell became a feature in its new home in front of the Edmonds Historical Museum in 1977.

With construction of Edmonds’ newest public space, the Edmonds Historical Museum Plaza, scheduled to begin next week, the school bell was removed Friday morning. It will spend the next several weeks at the MeadowWorks steel shop in Stanwood, where it will be cleaned, polished and installed in a new artistic framework. It will then return to Edmonds and take a prominent place in the new plaza.

he last timbers holding the bell in place give way to the chain saw.
The last timbers holding the bell in place give way to the chain saw.

The first phase of the plaza construction will take place in the space south of the main museum stairs and will be completed early this summer. The second phase, north of the stairs between the museum and the Log Cabin, will be completed at a later date.

The museum will be offering the opportunity to purchase personalized paving tiles for the plaza area. Watch My Edmonds News for information on how to purchase your own paving stone later this month.

Free from the old structure at last, the Edmonds School Bell takes its first step toward the steel shop where it will be refurbished and attached to a new artistic steel holding structure.
Free from the old structure at last, the Edmonds School Bell takes its first step toward the steel shop where it will be refurbished and attached to a new artistic steel holding structure.
Retired steel fabricator and longtime friend and supporter of the Museum, John Osberg stands next to the bell.  Osberg's generosity is funding the entire project of removing, refurbishing and reinstalling the bell.
Retired steel fabricator and longtime friend and supporter of the Museum, John Osberg stands next to the bell. Osberg’s generosity is funding the entire project of removing, refurbishing and reinstalling the bell.
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Osberg gives a thumbs up as the bell leaves Edmonds for a few weeks of R and R at MeadowWorks steel shop in Stanwood.

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