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|Christmas on the Alley continues|
This weekend's Christmas on the Alley festivities in downtown West Monroe will feature an "old fashioned Christmas."
Local merchants will be dressed in top hats and old fashioned attire, as carolers and carriage rides work their way through Antique Alley.
Santa Claus and his elves will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Santa's corner. Carriage rides and a petting zoo will be offered from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Extended shopping hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The 100th anniversary of the former West Monroe city hall bell will be celebrated with a special presentation about the bell's history.
Children will have an opportunity to ring the historic bell at 12:45 p.m.
A presentation will be made about the history of the bell at this time. There also will be guided historic walking tours of the Cottonport District at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The bell was cast in Cincinnati and put in the city hall in 1908 at a cost of $300.
The 250-pound brass bell was erected atop the original West Monroe city hall. It has been a fixture at Antique Alley since 1992.
The bell was relocated to West Monroe High School in 1952 where it was ringed occasionally during football games. It was returned to the city in 1991 and placed in storage.
Local historian Ron Downing, along with members of the West Monroe Historic Preservation Committee, led an effort to establish a permanent home for the bell.
They commissioned a 25-foot bell tower, which was erected on the corner of Trenton and Pine streets where the city's first town hall was located.
The city's first town hall was completed in 1908 at the corner of Trenton and Pine streets. The bell atop the town hall was rung to warn residents about fires as well as recognize special events.
Descendants of former Mayor Robert Rinehart and William Drago will be on hand for the ceremonies. Rinehart was mayor when the first town hall was erected; Drago was the architect who designed the town hall building.
The old town hall building was built by Frank Masling. It was the center of city government until a new city hall was built on Natchitoches Street in 1948.
The building was charred by fire in 1964 and was razed shortly thereafter. The bell was removed from the belfry before the building was demolished.