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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
  • 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.
  • 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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