Take the ‘Jeff Dean challenge’

Jeff Dean, the guy who designed the Civil Heritage Trail, asked the group on Tuesday’s walk if we could find the error on the face of the Alabama Capitol’s clock.

Can you find the goof? Look closely…

(SPOILER ALERT: The answer has already been revealed in the comments section.)

What is wrong with this picture?

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6 Responses to Take the ‘Jeff Dean challenge’

  1. Marcia D. Hawkins says:

    The roman numeral for “4″….should be “IV”, I believe. The 8th hour may be wrong too, not sure though.

  2. JillNolin says:

    Sharp eyes, Marcia. If we had a tiara, we would let you wear it for the rest of the week.

    I was only referring to the 4, but I think you are also right about the 8. It’s hard to tell based on this image, but when I zoomed in n the higher resolution version, it certainly does look like a VII. This will require further investigation.

  3. The whole clock tower is not original to the building. The first Capitol building in Montgomery, AL was given by the City of Montgomery to the State of Alabama in 1847. Two years later, that building burnt to the ground in December 1849. A new building was built by the State of Alabama to replace the first, and was completed in 1851. The clock tower was presented by the City of Montgomery to the State of Alabama in early 1852. All of the original mechanics of the clock, as well as the original large cast bell are still present, – however the clock was changed from mechanical power by weights on chains, to power by an electric motor in the mid-20th century. I know, – because I used to be the guy who climbed up on the dome of the Capitol to raise, lower, or change the U.S. and State Flags.

    • Andrew Dexter says:

      Does the electric motor drive the 1852 mechanical works, or are there two sets of works in there, one from 1852 not used, and another from the mid-2oth century, driven by the electric motor?
      Or, is there a separate electric motor for each of the three faces?

      • Rodger Williamson says:

        Andrew Dexter … It has been a while since I have been inside the clock tower, but to my recollection, there is only the original works, that have had an electric motor connected to them.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Actually, IIII for four is the Roman custom; it was only in the medieval period that IV became the accepted numeral instead.

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