Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

Flagstaff  

Sundial: 2
State/Province:  Arizona Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Good
  Latitude and Longitude: 35° 12.174' N  111° 39.876' W
Location:
  • Lowell Observatory 1400 Mars Hill Rd.at an elevation of 7,200 feet. Dial is in back of the Steele visitor center.
 
Description:
  • Small bronze horizontal dial with a coarse chapter ring and Roman hour numerals. The gnomon is done as a gryphin. It was a gift from the observatory staff to Dr. Lowell. In a thank you note to his staff, Lowell stated, "Nothing could have pleased me more than that Sundial clothed with its mountain cloak, symbolic of when the sun always shines. It shall be inscribed with all your names and set up on the top of Mars Hill." The original square stone base is replaced by an irregular column of stone and concrete. The square plinth at top still supports the small horizontal dial.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Lowell Observatory
  • Names of the observatory staff
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1913
 
References: Web Links:
  • Leonard, Louise, Percival Lowell: An Afterglow, Boston, Gorham Press, 1921. p.81 (includes photo of dial).

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Last Revised: 2019-07-18 19:08
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