9/11 Firefighters Memorial Bell Tower - Denton, TX
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N 33° 12.865 W 097° 07.721
14S E 674399 N 3676618
Quick Description: A memorial to the firefighters who died on 9/11 stands in front of the Denton Firefighters Museum at the Central Fire Station, 323 E Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/9/2018 6:49:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMXWQ9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
A detailed mounted sign stands in front of the memorial:

To honor all who sacrifice that we may live in freedom.
We remember you. We thank you.

The Tower

The bell tower memorializes the courage, dedication and service of the 343 firefighters who died saving lives at the New York World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The windows of Central Fire Station were the inspiration for the shape of the 30-foot bell tower. The raw surfaces of the salvaged wide flange beam and trim on the fire station suggested the use of timeless COR-TEN steel for the tower structure. When viewing the tower from the east and west, the shapes of the Twin Towers are evident. Lighting inside the monolith that enshrouds disparate relics -- bell and beam -- allows for reflection both day and night. These beams of light were inspired by Tribute in Light that is installed each year next to the former site of the World Trade Center.

The Bell

The spun-bronze fire bell weighs 500 pounds and measures 23 inches high, 29 inches wide at the base and 15 inches wide at the top. It was cast by the Rumsey Manufacturing Company of St. Louis, Missouri, in 1884. The Denton Fire Department, founded in 1874, purchased the bell and installed it in three successive fire stations. In addition to being sounded as a fire-warning during the 19th Century, it was tapped daily at 10:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m. During World War II, all bells in the city joined this bell in ringing at 10:00 a.m. for a moment of prayer. The weight, shape and dimensions of a bell determine its musical note. Denton's fire bell sounds a "middle C." Restoration involved media blasting, polishing and installing a time striker system in the dome of the bell. When run, listeners will now hear a sound reminiscent of early life in Denton.

The Beam

The wide flange beam was cut from the rubble of Ground Zero at the site of the New York World Trade Center. Three Denton Firefighters, Jeff Dixon, Brad Fuller, and Alan Hempstead worked as part of a rescue force in "the pit." The hand-drawn symbols on the surface of the beam were made by workers required to record where it was found in the rubble. This piece of steel, once a part of a monumental labyrinth, now sits alone, exposed and accessible. When touching it, you are making history real and remembering those firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Citizens place their lives in the hands of Denton Firefighters every day. Let it be known that this artwork, respectfully planned and executed, shows our gratitude to these men and women who so faithfully care for us all.

Millie Giles
Original Concept and Design
Public Art Committee

Emerson Vorel
Director of Parks & Recreation
City of Denton

Herman Lawson
Project/Construction Administrator
City of Denton

Links Construction

Verdin Bell Company
Restoration, Bell

Fire Chief Robin Paulsgrove
Denton Fire Department

Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Hedges
Denton Fire Department

David M. Robinson, AIA
Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio

Modern Workshop
Fabricator, Bell Tower
Date of Dedication: 9/11/2017

Name of organization that built the memorial: Denton County, Texas

Private or Public Monument?: Government

Text on the memorial:
[East side, interior] 343 Courage [West side, interior] Dedication Service

Physical address of memorial:
323 E Hickory St
Denton, TX USA

Additional coordinates: Not Listed

Website for more information: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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