Meneely Bell

Chicago Meneely Bell

Connections to the past and to my roots always fascinate me. While on vacation last year in Seattle, I found a cannon made in factory near home, that my uncle and grandfather had worked at. This year’s discovery in Chicago, was a 1920 bell made in Troy, NY. The Meneely Bell Foundry was founded in 1826, and has made bells for Cornell University, West Point, and in Independence Hall as a replacement for the Liberty Bell. This bell on the Michigan Avenue bridge, was one of about 60 bells ordered by the City of Chicago in the 1920’s to use as alarm bells at many of the bridges over the Chicago River.

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