Friday, August 31, 2018

The Bare Mountain Centennial Star - College Community Involvement


Bare Mountain is one of the prominent features of the Clarenville's skyline. It towers some 156 meters above Clarenville’s harbour.  You can reach the peak of Bare Mountain relatively easily along the Bare Mountain hiking trail that can be accessed at numerous points in the town.  At the top, you can overlook most of the town, Random Island and Smith Sound as it leads into Trinity Bay.  

Beyond Clarenville residents, people are familiar with Bare Mountain because of the prominence of the large star that sits at its top.   Each Christmas season the star is lit - making it visible from the Highway many kilometers beyond Clarenville's boundaries.  

The Bare Mountain Star was a 1967 Centennial project of the Town of Clarenville.

The original Centennial Star was designed, welded, wired and assembled by students and faculty in drafting, carpentry, electrical, welding and pipefitting programs at Clarenville campus.  They even helped the Town erect the structure.

The Colege's Role in the Legacy of the Bare Mountain Star

That original star stood as treasured Town feature for almost 30 years.  After it was destroyed in a windstorm, the Town had a larger new star constructed to replace the original.  Today the Bare Mountain Star stands as a symbol for the Town and beacon at Christmas. 

The Random Guardian
Council Notes from The Random Guardian, January 1967
Source: The Unofficial Clarenville Page: (Thanks to Kevin Elliott)

Centennial Symbols

When you read this column, we hope that you will have viewed the Lighting of the Centennial Symbol ceremony which is scheduled to be held at midnight, New Year’s Eve on the Bare Mountain.  The lighting of the Centennial Symbol is recognized by authorities concerned to be one of the most imaginative projects undertaken as a Centennial Project, and considerable publicity is planned by these authorities accordingly.  This project is three-fold as a Christmas Star, Easter Cross and Centennial Symbol is all contained in one complex. The Council in conjunction with the Vocational School did all the Carpentry, Electrical, Welding and Pipefitting required.  Council is therefore indebted to the Principal of the School, Mr. Wilbur West and his instructors, Harry O’Gay, Mr. William Penney, Mr. Gordon Rideout and Mr. D. Yetman for their excellent and invaluable co-operation.  Also, appreciation is extended to Mr. Don Tremblett and his staff for their cooperation in installing this fixture on the Bare Mountain. 

Clarenville Campus Yearbook, 1967

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