Old DHS clock tower on safe ground

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

DENISON, Tex. -- The demolition of the old Denison High School is one step closer to being finished as the clock tower came down on Wednesday.

Now, there's an empty space where the clock tower once stood, and all that's left are the wooden beams the once held it up, but this isn't the end for this piece of history.

After several delays, crews began the removal on Wednesday afternoon, and by 2 p.m. A crane had the structure suspended in air ready to make its descent.

The 120-ton crane lifted the structure ever-so-slowly from the roof. The tower hardly even swayed. It finally touched down at 2:20 p.m. To applause and sighs of relief from onlookers, but not everyone in Denison is concerned about the clock tower’s future.

“We have destroyed an antique. What we've done, it can't be replaced. I don' care what happens to it now. No, I really don't. It’s bittersweet. You know, something so ugly sure has gotten a lot of publicity and broken a lot of people's hearts," said one onlooker.

Everyone we talked to had mixed emotions about the clock tower itself, but the clock tower is safe and sound -- in one piece- on the ground.

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  • by jane Location: Denison on Oct 14, 2007 at 04:32 PM
    180K? He deserves more for having to put up with all the harrassment from the all those who brought strife into his life and into this small town that once was not divided. I will not only vote for him, but I propose a raise. Hey Joe Pollaro, Tommy is selling the clock tower for 50,000, since it was so important to you why not purchase it and stick it on your house you moved out of town? And again I ask: What is your next project. I know you check this chain and comment on it, so give us some answers, or can we just all have our money back since it "appears" like SavingDenisonHistory was only set up when you wanted the building for your own personal use. There was no viable working plan for that building and you did not have(in the bank)what it would have cost to renovate the entire building. I don't know about you, but whenever I have hired a contractor, it always seems to cost me more than they originally quoted, not less????? Am I the only one this happens to?
  • by susie Location: denison on Oct 12, 2007 at 05:46 PM
    $180K a year?????Who is he???Thats outrageous to pay someone that kind of money,especially the loss of jobs we have in this town this month alone!!We need new leaders for our town before its too late!!!Why would the council want to save the clock and not the school with it,doesnt make sense to me.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Oct 12, 2007 at 04:04 PM
    Jane, No one ever expected the City to restore the building, and the $8.5M figure you quoute is not just old news, it was just one estimate, and subsequent estimates proved it to be inaccurate. Enough private $ was being raised to restore it, without the city having to contribute a dime. There is absolutely no doubt that the building could have been restored for far less than $8.5M, but that is not the point. When the Mayor says we have zero $ for restoring the building, and then comes up with $38K just to buy back the tower, that does pose an integrity issue. As he and the council demanded of the save the school group, where is the $ to restore the tower, and what is the plan to have it occupied by a concern (business or otherwise) that will create tax $ for the city. To Susie, another plant closing is a sad day for Denison. We seem to dsipose of jobs like we do everything else. Your comments need to be directed to the guy we pay $180K per year to bring ecomonic development here.
  • by susie Location: denison on Oct 12, 2007 at 01:07 PM
    I wish someone in this town would worry about the jobs that were lost this morning at alcoa and last week at quickset.Around 300 people are going to lose their job at alcoa.Where is the energy to bring jobs to Denison,focus on this instead of some broken down clock,that money could be used for something to help the working people.Thats way too much money for that clock,go uptown and look at it!!!!!!!!!
  • by Jane Location: Denison on Oct 12, 2007 at 12:13 PM
    Ralph- You've got to be kidding us, right? 38k, compared to 8.5 million is a HUGE difference. It does show that the City's leaders have integrity and nothing will haunt them except for the people who put more focus on buildings than the people of our town. They will continue the harrassment and name-calling, because they have nothing better to do. Was SavingDenisonHistory formed for Joe Pollaro's personal use? To manipulate the people? Or is it a Real foundation? If so, what is the next project? What building are they planning on saving? Does the clock hold any historical value or meaning? I don't know these answers. But someone has to. So Joe Pollaro- pony up some answers.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Oct 12, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    Just about a month ago the Mayor insisted the City had no money to dedicate to renovating old DHS. Suddenly, the City not only comes up with $38K to buy back the clock tower, but it hasn't even formulated a plan to restore it. It brings into better focus the issues of integrity and responsibility that haunt our City government.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Oct 12, 2007 at 08:51 AM
    Lulu & Bubba are now dating. A match made in memory of the old high school. "In the Ghetto, and his momma cried......." (Cartman from Southpark)
  • by ME Location: Denison on Oct 12, 2007 at 06:58 AM
    LULU: yes, I have a life. That's why I think it is wrong the way people are putting so much in to material things instead of helping their fellow humans. The people for saving this school could be putting all their energy into feeding, clothing and helping people with their bills. That's something that counts. You did bring back memories of when I had a book as a child, "Little Lulu". Thanks
  • by proud to be here Location: denison on Oct 11, 2007 at 08:05 PM
    This isnt a spelling contest,its a forum.Why do you people from Sherman care anyway what happens in Denison???Of course you wouldnt care,you didnt go to school here.Duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by p1 Location: denison on Oct 11, 2007 at 04:18 PM
    LULU, the tower cost the city of denison $38,000 not $80,000. And LULU I've got to commend you on the spelling of "Sherman's Ghetto" Only poblem is the tower is owned by the city of DENISON. It's not going to cost Sherman tax payers anything. Maybe you and Bubba should take a geography lesson.
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