Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Sebastopol  

Sundial 522
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Globe Condition:  Aging
Latitude:   34° 24.0 N Longitude:   122° 49.72 W
Location:
  • Front lawn of Park Side Elementary School, 7450 Bodega Ave
 
Description:
  • The sundial is a cement globe of the earth 28 inches in diameter inclined at 40 degrees, a bit off the site's 38' 20" N latitude. The globe is oriented with the site longitude on the upper meridian so that shadows across the globe represent the true sun angle at that moment. A rod through the globe casts a shadow onto the north polar regions in the summer. At the southern end is a small equatorial dial with hour lines from 8am to 4pm.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Parkside Elementary School 7450 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472
  • Inscription at base "FROM THESE ALL THINGS ON EARTH EVOLVE". On west side is a plate with "Carl W. Shatto, President of the Sebastopol Rotary Club in 1938-1939"
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  • Construction Date: 1936