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For Whom The Bells Toll


I hate you Zane!

During a trip to Catalina island, we were struck by the precision of the chimes that sounded every fifteen minutes and with beautiful and resonating sound. We found the tower after an ascent of around 500 meters. It was located close to what was once the home of Zane Grey,  an American author best known for his popular adventure  novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the O;d West.  Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his bestselling book. In addition to the success of his printed works, they later had second lives and continuing influence when adapted as films and TV productions.

Grey had built a getaway home on Catalina which now serves as the Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel. And now the other part of this story:

Built in 1925, the Chimes Tower was presented as a gift to the town of Avalon by Mrs Ada Wrigley (Of the famous Wrigley Dynasty). Located up and across from Zane’s hotel, the chimes have been tolling on the quarter since 1925. It is rumored that Mr. Wrigley despised Zane Grey and built this chiming tower to specifically aggravate and annoy the writer! www.kerstenbeck.com

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