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Aurora  

Sundial 81
State/Province:  Colorado Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   39° 42' 44" N Longitude:   104° 49'50'' W
Location:
  • Bicentennial Park
 
Description:
  • A large Erickson Monument equatorial polar dial 6 feet in diameter made of light granite with a 3 inch steel rod as gnomon. The dial was dedicated as part of the bicentennial celebrations in July 1976. Hour lines from 4am to 8pm. Time is graduated by half-hour, quarter hours and 5 minute marks. Designed to be read from the upper surface in Spring/Summer, from the under side in Fall/Winter. A plaque provides the Equation of Time to convert solar time to watch time. Dial has both the bicentennial emblem and the city seal of the city of Aurora.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Aurora
  • Inscribed: "With sun and stone we people of Aurora reaffirm our respect for the ideals on which America was founded two centuries ago. Together with other Americans we have a past to honor and a future to mold."
  • Designer: Stephen A. Ionides
  • Builder: Erickson Monument
  • Construction Date: July, 1976
 
References: Web Links:
  • Other Erickson Polar Equatorial Dials:
    24, 81, 172, 194, 224, 415, 446, 447, 495, 5140, 511

Last Revised: 6/29/2013 11:36