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Wilmington  

Sundial 320
State/Province:  Delaware Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent
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Location:
  • Rockford Park
 
Description:
  • A round limestone vertical dial about 3 feet in diameter with bronze gnomon. Hours are bronze Roman numerals. No hour lines drawn. The dial is set on the side of a beautiful stone tower. According to a plaque at the tower's base, in 1895 Theodore Leissen recommended a large pavilion and observatory be built on the city's highest hill. At the same time the Water Commission needed a water tower. The plans were merged, resulting in a combine stone water tower 115 feet tall holding half a million gallons and a roofed observatory platform. The dial is on the side of this Rockford Tower.
 
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  • Construction Date: 1902