On an April Tuesday, city crews were busy at Big Spring Park as they worked to bring back a longtime local landmark - the Big Spring Park Clock.

The original clock was installed in the park on June 15, 1967. Around 3,000 plants and flowers were set around it in a 17-foot diameter and the clock became one of the favorite items in the park.

By the 1980's, the number of plants and flowers had diminished. Over the years, the clock was hit more than one by vandals and eventually it ceased working.

New workings for the clock were ordered and have arrived so city crews are on the job.

The first clock was an idea advanced by the Neosho Flower Box Committee. The idea gained approval from the city manager, who at the time was Charles Bell, and from the mayor, Wayne Insco. The clock came from Neuchatel, Switzerland. The cost was $750, plus an additional $176 in shipping costs.

The clock was featured on postcards and was often photographed.

The repaired clock being installed with be one more beautiful feature for the park, which is blooming this spring under the direction of Neosho Park Superintendent Clint Dalbom.