Mahanay Memorial Bell Tower – Jefferson, IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 42° 00.931 W 094° 22.456
15T E 386212 N 4652411
Quick Description: Original submitter did not because 14 bells play often...they missed the part where 47 bells are installed....
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 11/19/2019 4:36:31 AM
Waymark Code: WM11ND2
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member kbarhow
Views: 5

Long Description:

County of tower: Greene County
Location of tower: E. Lincoln Way & N. Wilson St., courthouse lawn, Jefferson
Contact Phone: 515-386-2155
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m
Admission: Adults: $3 - Youth 18 and under: Free

"The Mahanay Bell Tower celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016 with the fanfare deserving of finally achieving a dream of a four octave carillon. The structure was built in 1966 with just 14 bells and as of May 30, 2017, the 47 bells is one of only 3 carillon towers in Iowa and 148 in the United States.

"The 168 ft. tower sitting on the corner of the courthouse square in downtown Jefferson is easy to find at the corner of Lincoln Way and Wilson. The elevator takes visitors to the Paul Nally Observation Deck at 120 ft. with a spectacular view of the countryside, the downtown and four rooftop art installations.

"The Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through the month of September and weekends in May and October. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and FREE for Youth 18 yrs. of age and younger courtesy of the Jefferson Hy-Vee. Bell Tower Staff will meet with tour groups at any other time by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 515-386-2155." ~ Jefferson Matters: Main Street

A history of its creation can be read here: Mahanay Memorial Carillon

E. Lincolnway Street, Jefferson, IA USA 50129

Who controls the carillon?: Chamber of Commerce

Number of bells: 47

Schedule of regular public performances:
Visitors will hear the Westminster Chimes on the hour and each quarter hour. After each hour, the bells will play two songs.

Year of construction: 1/1/1966

Structure: 168 foot structure found on the courthouse lawn, with observation deck at 120 feet

Location web page: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
An original photograph of the carillon is required. One of you and your crew doing your very best imitation of Quasimodo and/or Esmeralda will be most appreciated.
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