Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society


Sundial: 2
State/Province:  Arizona Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  
  Latitude:   35° 12.173' N Longitude: 111° 39.878' W
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Small horizontal dial on carved pedestal. It was a gift from the observatory staff to Dr. Lowell. In a thank you note to his staff, Lowell stated, "Nothing could have pleased me more than that Sundial clothed with its mountain cloak, symbolic of when the sun always shines. It shall be inscribed with all your names and set up on the top of Mars Hill." A square stone base supports a tapering cylindrical column. At the top is a square plinth supporting the small horizontal dial. As of March 1996, the dial has resided inside the observatory building.
General Information:
  • Owner: Lowell Observatory
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  • Construction Date: 1913
  • Leonard, Louise, Percival Lowell: An Afterglow, Boston, Gorham Press, 1921. p.81 (includes photo of dial).