Forged in New York City in 1844, this little bronze bell was most likely the first one to ring out regularly on the streets of Iowa City. It came here in 1845 via some disgruntled Presbyterians who started a second “First Presbyterian Church,” after splitting from the larger denomination in the early 1840’s. The 125-pound bell is dated (1844) and its first home was the First Constitutional Presbyterian Church of Iowa City (Old Stone Church) located on the south side of Burlington Street, a half-block west of Clinton Street.
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