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Sundial: 233
State/Province:  Illinois Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  
  Latitude and Longitude: 40° 33.802' N  89° 37.681' W
  • Mineral Springs Park Sunken Gardens bounded by Court St., Park Ave. and 14th St. near Pekin Hospital
  • A unique horizontal dial using both a sloping 15 foot aluminum gnomon and much taller 45 foot vertical pole. 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 3, corresponding to the tip of the sloping aluminum gnomon. 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:
  • Owner: Pekin City
  • Designer: Henry J. Cakora
  • Builder: Henry J. Cakora and city volunteers
  • Construction Date: early 1990's
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