Sundial: 233
State/Province:  Illinois Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  
  Latitude and Longitude: 40° 33.743' N  89° 37.836' W
  • Mineral Springs Park Sunken Gardens bounded by Court St., Park Ave. and 14th St. near Unity Point Health Hospital. South of the Lagoon and Court St.
  • Two sundials. One is a horizontal sundial 6-ft. tall with a sloping 15-ft bright aluminum gnomon. The dial is called "Sundance". Adjacent is a gnomonic sundial with a 45-ft pole projecting its shadow onto the lawn in front of it. The ground level dial face consists of seven analemmas drawn in the grass field that surrounds the dial center. The analemmas are drawn for the hours 8 am to 3 pm, However, the noon analemma is larger and corresponds to the shadow of a disk atop the vertical pole.

    The board of directors for the Pekin Park District offered a large place in the Mineral Springs Park Sunken Garden for Henry Cakora's desire to build a sundial. Henry designed and cast the dial, and the dial was built with assistance from local contractors and individual volunteers.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Pekin City
  • Plaque adjacent to the Horizontal Sundial
  • Designer: Henry J. Cakora
  • Builder: Henry J. Cakora and city volunteers
  • Construction Date: early 1990's
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Last Revised: 2019-02-09 15:29