Sundial: 1080
State/Province:  Nevada Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 38° 32.717’ N  118° 398.283’ W
  • Hawthorne Army Depot formally US Naval Ammunition Depot Nevada

    By the flagpole at Depot headquarters. Still in original 1930 position.
  • Farenholt sundial for U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot Hawthorne Nevada. This cast bronze dial was designed and commissioned by RADM Farenholt for U.S. Naval Hospitals at bases where he was commanding officer, visited, or had special meaning to him. The dial is 18 inches (46cm) in diameter. The outer chapter ring has the motto, followed by a chapter ring with Arabic hours 6am to 6pm, raised hour lines that radiate from near the foot of the gnomon and short half-hour lines. The gnomon has graceful curves and a star cut-out in the center. Below the gnomon is the naval command name, followed by the commissioning date in the southern portion of the hours chapter ring.

    The date on the dial 1930 is in recognition of the date of base commissioning. . As Rear Admiral, he was briefly assigned as Inspector of Naval Medical Corps activities on the East coast, followed by orders to inspect West coast activities. The San Francisco Chronicle notes RADM Ferenholt’s travel to both sites in 1932. There is a photograph of the Medical Officer's Quarters at Hawthorne from that time.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: U.S. Navy (now U.S. Army)
  • Circling the top of the dial:
    Como La Sombra Hoye La Hora
    (The Shadow Tells the Hour)

    South of the gnomon on dial face:

    Below date: "AF" for RADM Ammen Farenholt
  • Designer: RADM Ammen Farenholt
  • Builder: U.S. Naval Foundry
  • Construction Date: 1930
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