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The Dreger Clock T he Dreger Clock was hand built and completed in 1933 by Andrew Dreger, Sr., a watchmaker from Long Beach, CA. After Dregers death, it.

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1 The Dreger Clock T he Dreger Clock was hand built and completed in 1933 by Andrew Dreger, Sr., a watchmaker from Long Beach, CA. After Dregers death, it came to Knotts Berry Farm about 1952 or 1953 and was enjoyed by visitors to the park for over 50 years. In the past year it was removed from public display at Knotts. The Buena Park Historical Society bought the clock and is raising funds to restore it, and put it back on public display in the citys historical park. Origin and History Andrew Dreger Sr. The maker of the clock Anaheim Street in Long Beach 1988 at Knotts 1972 at Knotts DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

2 The Dreger Clock The International Cities Clock Face T he international face of the clock has a main center clock showing local Southern California time. Surrounding this clock are twelve 6-inch clocks originally built to display the solar time of cities around the world, but can also be set to show time zone times. Cities: New York, Liverpool, Paris, Berlin, Petrograd (St. Petersburg / Leningrad), Melbourne, Rio De Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Rome, and Mexico City. Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

3 The Dreger Clock Day, Weekday, Month and Phase of the Moon O n the opposite side, a large local-time clock surrounds three inner dials which display the weekday, month, and day of the month. Also included is a visual display of the current phase of the moon. Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

4 The Dreger Clock Primary Clock Face T he front face simply displays a huge local-time clock. All the clock faces have a translucent glass background. At night they are backlit by internal lighting. The entire clock is electrically powered. It is not a pendulum-driven clock. The gears and chains inside are sized to accurately drive all 19 different clocks and dials from one simple 110 volt electrical motor. Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

5 The Dreger Clock The Blank Clock Face O ne side of the clock is obviously missing a mechanical clock face. This side was intentionally left blank by Mr. Dreger because it was the side that faced the outer wall of his house in Long Beach. When the clock was relocated and put on display in the Knotts Berry Farm rose garden, this blank side was filled with a painting of the four seasons. Later, when it was moved to the area in front of the Knotts ticket booths, a sign with the Knotts Berry Farm logo was inserted. Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

6 The Dreger Clock The Designer & Maker of the Clock A ndrew Dreger, Sr. was the eldest of nine children, born in 1867 to Gottlieb and Juliana Dreger - German nationals living in western Russia who emigrated to the United States around Andrew was mechanically minded and worked as a bicycle repairman, blacksmith, and in his later years as a watch smith. He moved to Long Beach, California, around Before building the huge town-clock, he built a smaller pendulum driven prototype which was displayed in the 1928 Pacific Southwest Exposition in Long Beach Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

7 The Dreger Clock The Inner Workings - a simple, non-traditional approach T he clock is driven by a single 110v electrical motor (not shown in these photos) through a central gear box which distributes mechanical motion to the three faces. The internal parts are simple yet efficient, a reflection of the depression era in which it was built. Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

8 The Dreger Clock Center Column & Primary Face Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

9 The Dreger Clock The Day, Month, Date and Phase of the Moon face. Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

10 The Dreger Clock The International Cities face Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

11 The Dreger Clock Solar Time and Time-Zone Time Origin and History Clock set to display Solar Time on international clocks. Later, clocks were set to show synchronized minute hand time-zone times. DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

12 The Dreger Clock Currently in Warehouse Storage S ometime in 2006 or 2007, the clock was moved from its long-time home at Knotts and disappeared from public view. In August of 2007, I did an internet search and located an eBay listing that was selling the Dreger clock! The clocks current home is a huge storage warehouse. Here it is surrounded by other bits and pieces of historical items. It is hidden away… out of public view. Origin and History DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society

13 Origin and History The Dreger Clock Preserving the Clock in Buena Park DregerClock.org Whitiker-Jaynes House DregerClock.org A project of the Buena Park Historical Society


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