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San Ygnacio  

Sundial 571
State/Province:  Texas Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Condition:  Fair
Latitude:   27° 03' N Longitude:   99° 26' W
Location:
  • 704 Uribe St.
    Above the roof of the Jesus Trevino Fort Complex in the village of San Ygnacio, Texas, about 30 miles down the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas.
 
Description:
  • A stone equatorial dial with an iron gnomon. Inscribed on both sides with hour lines. Placed above an entrance to a walled fort also built in 1851. Legend says Jose Villarreal designed and built the dial to celebrate his escape in 1820 as a child after capture by Lipan Apache Indians and being guided by the north star in his return home. Dial Recorder Mary Garza is the great-great-granddaughter of Jose Villarreal.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: River Pierce Foundation of San Ygnacio
  • "NORTE"
  • Designer: Jose Villarreal
  • Builder: Jose Villarreal
  • Construction Date: 1851
 
 
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