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Historic clock donated to Columbia Falls Museum

Hungry Horse News | August 11, 2023 12:00 AM

A piece of Columbia Falls history is now home at the Columbia Falls History Museum.

Karl Sorenson recently donated a vintage clock from the old Gaylord Hotel, which burned down in the mid-1920s. The hotel was a landmark on Nucleus Avenue prior to the fire.

The clock suffered a little damage in the hotel fire, but is still functional.

It’s a Seth Thomas #41 and dates back to about 1918. It has a hand wind movement.

Sorenson bought the clock from collector Alden Beller in 1997.

In addition to the clock, Sorenson gave the museum a vintage 1940s map produced by the Great Northern Railway. The wall-sized map features all of the Great Northern Routes and fun facts about the Pacific Northwest, though it’s a map of the entire U.S.