Setting the Spindle in Independence Hall Tower

Crane setting the spindle
(NPS Photo)

On June 1, contractors set the new stainless steel spindle in Independence Hall Tower. The spindle will support the weather vane, ball, and crown as well as the highest lightning rod aerial. The crane had to lift the 30 foot long, 700 pound stainless steel spindle approximate 240 feet into the air to center it for the drop in, working with only 5/8" clearance to get the spindle down through the spire framing and anchor it properly.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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