Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Pueblo  

Sundial 200
State/Province:  Colorado Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Stonehenge Condition:  Good
Latitude:   38° 15' N Longitude:   104° 30' W
Location:
  • Lake Pueblo State Park, Northern Plains Campground, amphitheater.. Requires a $5 entrance fee for the park.
 
Description:
  • Stonehenge type dial designed by Judy Guttormsen and built in 1984 . Stonehenge itself an amphitheater. If you stand on a brass marker in the center of the stage, on the solstices and equinoxes, you can observe the rising and setting of the sun aligned with metal posts viewed through slits in the wall. At the south edge of the site is a 6 foot horizontal dial laid out in the concrete floor. There are two rings of numbers, one for standard time, one for daylight time. Not corrected for longitude, but the location is very close to the center of the time zone. The gnomon is cement and is unusually thick (approximately 40 cm), making it very sturdy, presumably to prevent vandalism. The surface of the gnomon is very rough, having embedded pebbles, making it an uncomfortable place to sit or climb. The metal inscription plate on the gnomon has faded too badly to read. The site also has a North Star finder made of wrought iron and has a small bench for children to use.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: State of Colorado
  • Designer: Judy Guttormsen
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1984