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Great Falls  

Sundial 61
State/Province:  Montana Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   47° 31.117' N Longitude:   111° 17.467' W
Location:
  • River Drive North, near 9th Street Bridge on south shore of Missouri River
    On a grassy field east of River's Edge Trail, near water's edge
    Great Falls
 
Description:
  • A monumental bow-string equatorial dial of curved 4x6 inch welded steel I-beams forming a 14 foot diameter equatorial arc. Stainless steel Roman hour numerals 5 AM to 7 PM are welded to the arc. Metal for the dial was once used at Rainbow Dam and was formed and welded at Rainbow Powerhouse.

    This dial was the inspiration of Gary Trescott, a River's Edge Trail volunteer who planted hundreds of trees along the trail and helped improve the trail for many years. Gary died in June 2012 but his work on the sundial was continued by Dana Woodward (Gary's cousin), Doug Norwick and others.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Great Falls Park and Recreation Department
  • BOW-STRING EQUATORIAL SUNDIAL
    IN MEMORY OF GARY TRESCOTT 1949-2012
    HE MADE GREAT FALLS A BETTER PLACE.
    FROM HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
  • Designer: Gary Trescott
  • Builder: Dana Woodward, Doug Norwick, Rainbow Powerhouse
  • Construction Date: 12-Aug
 
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Last Revised: 7/23/2014 9:38