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La Porte  

Sundial 216
State/Province:  Texas Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Condition:  Good
Latitude:   29° 45.233' N Longitude:   95° 05.417' W
Location:
  • San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
    3523 Battleground Road
    La Porte
 
Description:
  • Approximately 6 foot diameter bronze armillary dial with equatorial, meridian and equinoctial colure rings and with Arctic and Antarctic circle rings. Hour lines have 5 minute marks and Roman numerals. Equatorial ring has Zodiacal signs. Base shows the Great Seal of Texas and includes a bronze eternal flame.

    Names of fallen heroes are inscribed on the base and paths to and from the dial lead to location of Sam Houston's troops prior to the battle of San Jacinto. The San Jacinto Monument is seen in the distance.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • The Hours, days and years of unfolding time shall never dim the spirit of liberty kindled on this field of battle.
    Erected April 21st 1939 by the San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, with a Trust Fund Established in 1853 by the Battle of Texas Veterans Association.
  • Designer: Julian Muench
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1939