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Saratoga Springs  

Sundial: 951
State/Province:  New York Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Sphere Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 43° 5.004' N  73° 47.141' W
Location:
  • Located in a small plaza behind The Adirondack Trust Co Building at Church St. and Broadway (Route 9).
 
Description:
  • Beautiful iron armillary sundial about 6 feet high. Painted black it has gold Roman numeral hours on the equatorial time band. On the outside of the equatorial band are the twelve zodiac motifs and stars are on the meridian band. The gnomon deviates from the classic arrow, having a gold flange at the base and a spiked orb at the north end.

    The original Plaza was designed by Hal Gerow and constructed by W.J. Grande. Two of the laborers on the job were Tim Grande and John Munter. More recently the Plaza was renovated by John Munter.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: The Adirondack Trust Company
  • Plaque: "STANDARD TIME
    Adopted November 18, 1883
    First Conceived By Charles F. Dowd, Ph.D. 1825 - 1904
    Educator Scholar Saratogian
  • Designer:
  • Builder: Kenneth Lynch and Sons in Wilton, CT
  • Construction Date: circa 1975
 
References:
  • Charles F. Dowd in 1870, addressed his long-held desire to simplify train schedules published a pamphlet entitled "A System of National Time for Railroads." His interest lead to the movement in the United States for Standard Time Zones. At noon on November 18, 1883, the US railway systems adopted a the system of standard time that used hour-wide time zones. Sandford Fleming is credited for adopting standard time zones for railroads in Canada.

Last Revised: 2019-05-31 23:37

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