The Steam Clock

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The Steam Clock

I was determined to visit as many Atlas Obscura places as I could on my vacation to Vancouver B.C. I managed three. One of the three was the Steam Clock in Gastown.

Funded by the neighborhood merchants, it was built 1n 1977 as a monument to the city’s first downtown core. According to the Atlas Obscura site, it also served another purpose: placed over a steam grate above gas pipes, it kept local homeless from sleeping on this particular warm spot (due to the gas pipes under the city that heat downtown).

I find this fact fascinating because while I was shooting this photo a man was standing next to the clock giving its history. He was very knowledgeable but as he was speaking I looked at him and thought, “something isn’t right here” and noticed his tattered clothing. At the end of his spiel he asked us to…

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