Shutdown stops iconic Ohio Clock

The clock is stuck at 12:14 p.m. Senate staff say it was last wound on Monday, Sept. 30, and requires weekly winds to keep it ticking.


The 11-foot clock is one of the most famous pieces of furniture in the upper chamber and a common meeting place for lawmakers, staff and reporters.

The clock ticked throughout some of the most famous moments in Senate history, since it was commissioned by the upper chamber in 1815.

It did stop in August of 2010, while it underwent refurbishment, but as for whether it stopped during the last Senate shutdown, no one could answer.

"The staff that would know that are on furlough," said a spokesman for the secretary of the Senate. 

Photo: Greg Nash