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Salem  

Sundial 708
State/Province:  Oregon Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Good
Latitude:   44° 56.233' N Longitude:   123° 01.800' W
Location:
  • Willamette University
    900 State Street
    Salem
 
Description:
  • A 14 inch square California granite horizontal dial with a bronze gnomon with hour and half-hour marks and Roman numerals showing PST. Dial face is engraved with the Class Year 1916 and the motto Audacity, Sagacity, Holiness and Charity. The gnomon may have been replaced since originally installed. The dial is atop a gray granite pedestal integral to the dial itself.

    The June 8, 1916 Collegian university newspaper provided this: "In presenting the sundial to the university, Walter Gleiser, president of the class, gave a forceful speech in which he portrayed the never-failing accuracy of the instrument's function, believing that it would be of use to the community, and that it should symbolize the good that students of Willamette should be to the world."
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Willamette University
  • AUDACITY SAGACITY HOLINESS CHARITY
  • Designer:
  • Builder: Class of 1916
  • Construction Date: 6-Jun-16
 

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