What kind of wood is the 200-pound yoke that holds the 2080 pound bell that is on display at 520 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia? – 2017

What kind of wood is the 200-pound yoke that holds the 2080 pound bell that is on display at 520 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia?





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slippery elm




In February 1915, the bell was tapped gently with wooden mallets to produce sounds which were transmitted to the fair as the signal to open it, a transmission which also inaugurated transcontinental telephone service




[Hint: Ulmus rubra, the slippery elm, is a species of elm native to eastern North America, ranging from southeast North Dakota, east to Maine and southern Quebec, south to northernmost Florida, and west to eastern Texas, where it thrives in moist uplands, although it will also grow in dry, intermediate soils]

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