Horse Clock (The Beast)
When Built: 1988/89?
It is a memorial to Maple Ridge's rural past (it had quite the history as a rural and horse district).
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