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Kalamazoo  

Sundial 733
State/Province:  Michigan Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Combination Condition:  Good
Latitude:   42° 21.685' N Longitude:   86° 34.967' W
Location:
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center
    Next to parking lot on path to Visitor's Center
    7000 N. Westnedge Ave.
    Kalamazoo
 
Description:
  • A combination horizontal, vertical, polar and equatorial dial 4 x 5 x 6 foot tall made of drilled aluminum plate with rod gnomon. The vertical plate shows the EOT graph and depiction of Earth showing polar tilt, celestial equator and Earth equator using drilled holes. The bottom plate below the equatorial face includes a compass rose that also shows the direction of sunrise and sunset at the solstices. All dial faces are marked using Arabic numerals with hour and 15 minute marks.

    The Kalamazoo Nature Center is open most days and charges an admission fee.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • VERTICAL - EQUATORIAL - POLAR AND HORIZONTAL SUNDIALS IN TANDEM
    DESIGNED AND BUILT BY RALPH W. EMERSON OF KALAMAZOO
    PRESENTED TO THE NATURE CENTER BY MR. AND MRS. EMERSON IN MEMORY OF THEIR PARENTS - 1971
  • Designer: Ralph W. Emerson
  • Builder: Ralph W. Emerson
  • Construction Date: 1971
 

Last Revised: 6/23/2012 13:55