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La Crosse  

Sundial 217
State/Province:  Wisconsin Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Condition:  
Latitude:   43° 49' N Longitude:   91° 14' W
Location:
  • University of Wisconsin
    La Crosse Campus
    At the intersection of Vine St. and 17th St.
 
Description:
  • A 40 inch diameter armillary on a 2 foot tall cement cubic base. The original analemma-shaped gnomon was missing and replaced with a section of loose ordinary electric wire. Includes a longitude-correction plaque showing the corrections throughout 15 degrees longitude. Dial sits atop a 26 inch high, 26 inch square pedestal. Robert Allen states that this dial is a scaled down version of the one at the San Diego Zoological Garden, and that there is a similar one at Williams College in Williamstown MA.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Univ. of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  • Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow
  • Designer: Gordon Plummer, San Diego Hall of Science
  • Builder: