Town of Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Horse Clock (The Beast)

Horse Clock - Regan Paynter
Designer: Don Brayford

When Built: 1988/89?

Dimensions:
Unknown

Construction Materials:
Unknown

Location:

If any one has more information on this monument, please send me an e-mail.

Reason for Building:

It is a memorial to Maple Ridge's rural past (it had quite the history as a rural and horse district).

Additional Information:

To create the memorial, a contest was held, open to local artists to design a clock with Maple Ridge's rural roots in mind. Apparantly, the successful artist based it on toy by Hasboro causing much controversy.

The Legend of the Beast can be found at this web site: http://www.mapleridge.org/tourism/beast.html . It is located under the clock but there is no actual reference to it in local history.

At one time, the beast moved slowly to the top of the hour and stood up on its hind legs and steam would blow out of its nostrils. Apparently, the pendulum was too inviting for local kids to ride and has been turned off.

Information Sources: Regan Paynter and Rik Jones

Picture Source: Regan Paynter

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Created By DMY on August 14, 1999
Last Updated: October 28, 2002