The bell tower at the historical building is no longer bare.
A new bell, donated by local businessman and Blanco High School alumnus Dennis Moore, is now formally installed in its appropriate location.
The bell was installed Tuesday afternoon, and it took about an hour.
“We had to do some things locally to make the installation work,” said elementary custodian Bobby Beard. “Angel Hernandez fashioned a base plate upon which we mounted the stand.”
The bell has a non-traditional frame, with a “U”-shaped stand upon which supports the bell’s yoke.
The bell is situated appropriately within the tower’s archway. Analysis of historical photos reveals that the crown of the school’s previous bell reached its height at the same level as where the archway begins its curve from the archway’s column.
Although the bell is new to Blanco, it is not a new bell. The bell was discovered after diligent search by Moore through the antique shops and Amish auctions of rural Indiana.
The bell comes to Blanco with a history; however, its past functions and use are unknown.
What is known is that it will now occupy a place of dignity and prestige on the site of a proud legacy, continually overseeing new generations of Blanco students.