Bell damaged by 2009 courthouse fire gets new home

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Jefferson County Courthouse Bell

MADISON, Ind. (AP) — A 150-year-old bell that survived a fire that heavily damaged a historic southern Indiana courthouse has a new home on the courthouse’s lawn.

Jefferson County’s commissioners last week dedicated an open-air shelter that protects the 3,100-pound bell from the elements in Madison.

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Commissioner Mark Cash says the bell cast in 1864 "will be out there for many generations to come."

The Madison Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1Agy5i3 ) the bell fell into the courthouse during a May 2009 fire that destroyed the 1855 building’s gold-domed bell tower and third floor.

Workers eventually returned a burnish to the fire-scorched bell using sanders, buffers and compounds.



A modern chime system was installed in the courthouse before it was rededicated in 2011, but the bell’s journey back to the Ohio River courthouse took a bit longer.

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Information from: The Madison Courier, http://www.madisoncourier.com

 

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