Friday, May 29, 2015

May 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall Bell Replacement 


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Today’s photos are from the mid 1980’s and show the bell at Tillman Hall being replaced. The above picture is a wide view of the bell when it was removed from Tillman Hall, leaving an open area that was clearly visible in the picture. 

Here is a closer view of Tillman Hall when the bell was removed. The original bell hung in Tillman Hall for 80 years. 


This picture is from the bell tower and shows the view behind the clock at Tillman Hall, something many Clemson graduates have never seen. 


Below is a close up of the bell. It is actually a combination of 47 French-made bells which weigh a total of 21 tons. 


The bells were manufactured by Paccard Fondue de Cloches, Annecy-le-Vieux, France. Annecy-le-Vieux is on the eastern side of France a few hundred miles south of Geneva and very near the Swiss border. 



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Kluttz Steak House In Clemson 


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Today photos are from a long ago restaurant in downtown Clemson called the Kluttz Steak House. The above picture was taken in the 1950’s and shows the inside of the steak house with a big crowd. 

Below is a photo of the owners, known by the cadets as "Mom" & "Pop" Kluttz, inside the restaurant. Mrs. Kluttz also worked in the restaurant in the YMCA on campus. 


The Kluttz Steak House was “the best in steaks and short orders” according to advertisements distributed in the 1950’s. 


The restaurant left downtown Clemson some time around 1956. I believe the Kluttz family moved the restaurant into downtown Easley until the mid 1960’s. 


Below is a picture of downtown Clemson where the Kluttz Steak House was located during the 1950’s. 


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Memorial Bridge, Then and Now 


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Today’s photos are of the old "Memorial Bridge" that was a familiar landmark for years around the Clemson area until lake Hartwell was built. You can see Tillman Hall in the below right of the picture. 

The lake was created in 1963 when the Hartwell Dam was built on the Savannah River Basin seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah. 

The Memorial Bridge, before the flooding of the lake, was the method of transportation over the river. Here you can see the inscription on the bridge. 


This picture and graphic shows the location of the bridge along the old road (Highway 123). 


Back in 2008 when the lake hit record levels of drought, the Memorial Bridge once again saw the light of day. Here is a picture of the remains of the bridge during that drought. 


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Club Hotel


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Today’s photo is of the Clemson Club Hotel, which occupied the hill where the Clemson House now sits.

The above photo was taken from Bowman Field and shows Cadets marching along what is now Highway 93. The photo was taken in the 1940’s, I believe right after the start of WWII.

Before Clemson University became coeducational in 1955, Clemson College was an all-male military school for nearly 62 years. During the time that Clemson was an all-male college, the college hosted formal dances. Women from nearby colleges and towns would serve as "chaperones" to the men at cadet dances.

Before the Clemson House was built in 1950, The Clemson Club Hotel stood in its place. For overnight stays there were no hotel facilities, and many women would stay in the Clemson Club Hotel.

The Clemson Club Hotel was a large boarding house that provided rooms and apartments for faculty and their families. When there was room, the building made room for some of the women staying in Clemson overnight.


The above photo is from a slightly different angle and shows the Clemson Club Hotel in a little more detail.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

First Friday Parade: Brent and Ara


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Today’s photo is from September 20th, 1985 and shows the First Friday Parade with Brent Musberger and Ara Parsegian riding along as the Grand Marshalls.

The First Friday Parade in 1985 would be before the 2nd game of the season, as Clemson defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on a David Treadwell last second field goal to open the season.

Clemson was hosting Georgia the day after this picture was taken and the game was televised by CBS Sports. Clemson would fall 20-13 to the Bulldogs en route to a 6-6 season in 1985.

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