Clock Tower Closing Leaves Many Nostalgic for Better Times


“It’s kind of  sad…this was a beautiful icon of a place.”

Elizabeth Huetson, a stylist at the Totally You Hair Salon, reminiscing about the Clock Tower.

She used to come here as a child, but now works here in the totally you hair salon.

“I came here as a young child and went to the Time Museum and went on school field trips to see plays in the basement in the theater,” said Huetson.  “It’s sad this was a icon, this was the place to be.”

So the slow decline of the once iconic resort has been hard for those who still remember the good times.

“The Clock Tower has always been a great staple, a great place for people to come and visit, and stay,” said David Olson, the owner and photographer of Olson Photography housed within the building. “And so I thought it’d be a great place to have my business here one day, and we’ve been here almost like ten years.”

David Olson grew up just a couple of blocks away from the Clock Tower.

He’s photographed dozens of weddings, corporate and family events there, and also has memories of his own here.

He thinks the winter break could be exactly what the Clock Tower needs.

“I think it could be something really good for the Clock Tower,” said Olson. “To maybe have new ownership, new management come on in and revitalize what the clock tower used to be. I think it could be a great thing for Rockford.”

Yet others aren’t so sure… They too have seen the decline over the years.

“Unfortunately, i just don’t think it’s going to be for the winter,” said Huetson. “I think it’s the beginning of the end.”

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