History of the Birmingham Terminal Station Clock
Have you seen this clock? It's a great piece of Birmingham history.
The Birmingham Terminal Station was completed downtown in 1909. Every station had an “official” clock to keep things on schedule. This clock, made by Western Union, was that very clock for Birmingham!
The late 1960’s was a time of massive urban renewal across the nation. Many train stations met their demise due to lack of use and deteriorating condition. Birmingham’s Terminal Station was torn down in 1969. A company owned by Joe and Alex Whetstone won the bid to tear the station down. They were told they could have the clock. Ruth Whetstone received the clock when her brother-in-law, Joe Whetstone, gave it to her as a house warming present.
When Ruth passed away it went to her husband, Daniel Whetstone. In turn, at his death the clock went to his daughter, Dana Walden. Finally, the clock came to local resident Aimee Bullock, Dana’s daughter. Aimee gave it to another local, Rick Rodgers, who gave it to OHenry’s Coffee owner, Randy Adamy, so it could be displayed at OHenry’s as a token of Birmingham’s past. You might say, “It’s time has come”.
See it for yourself at our OHenry's Homewood location.