Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Binghamton  

Sundial 404
State/Province:  New York Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   42° 05.302' N Longitude:   75° 58.234' W
Location:
  • Campus of Binghamton University, State of New York. Located just outside Binghamton, NY. Sundial near the library and lecture hall.
 
Description:
  • A 20-foot in diameter horizontal dial at ground level made of concrete. Part of the campus plaza. The gnomon is also concrete, approximately 8 inches wide and 5 foot tall. Place for students of SUNY Binghamton University to congregate.

    The sundial was built over a stainless steel time capsule buried in 1996 -- this historic preservation of time is to be excavated and opened after 50 years in 2046.

    A tale told to students [BU Pipe Dream Feb 16, 2007]: "Is Lecture Hall haunted by ducks?
    It is said that Lecture Hall stands above a long-gone water meadow where ducks used to fly freely around. Even though the meadow no longer exists, the spirits of the ducks are believed to still be there. Want to test this theory? Well,you can! If you ever have a few extra minutes between classes, stand near the sundial facing Lecture Hall and clap. If you do this you will hear the ducks quacking. It works!"
 
General Information:
  • Owner: SUNY Binghamton University
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  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 2000
 
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  • A tale told to students [BU Pipe Dream Feb 16, 2007]: "Is Lecture Hall haunted by ducks?
    It is said that Lecture Hall stands above a long-gone water meadow where ducks used to fly freely around. Even though the meadow no longer exists, the spirits of the ducks are believed to still be there. Want to test this theory? Well,you can! If you ever have a few extra minutes between classes, stand near the sundial facing Lecture Hall and clap. If you do this you will h

Last Revised: 20 Dec 2015