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Historic Landmark Marks Time Again For Sacramento

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

For nearly a century, the Fred Mayes Jewelers street clock could be seen in downtown Sacramento.  But, in recent years, the clock had lost its luster.  Wednesday marked the return of the historic timepiece.

The clock was one of the first examples of the use of neon in Sacramento.  After Fred Mayes left the clock to the City, ithe clock stopped working and just sat there on J Street… stuck at 5:52.

But, a coalition of historical groups, downtown business owners and city council members came up with the funding and now the clock is ticking again.

Fred Mayes' widow, Fay Marie, says the clock and her family have about 65 years of history together.

MAYES:  "The clock meant a lot to him and Sandra when she was probably about 18 or 19 years old. And she was working for her father and she would come out here and hand-wind it every morning.  And that was how antiquated it was "

The clock now sets itself via satellite at daylight saving time and after power outages.

Fred Mayes moved the clock from K Street to J Street in the mid 40's.  The clock follows the Citizen Hotel, Elks Building and Sheraton on the city's list of historical landmarks to be renovated. 
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