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Colma  

Sundial: 21
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Fair
  Latitude and Longitude: 37° 40.295' N  122° 27.245' W
Location:
  • Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, just south of San Francisco.
    Sundial is visible from El Camino Real. At the eastern edge of the cemetery at corner of Cypress Ave and Cedar Ave.
 
Description:
  • This large ground-level horizontal dial is 40 ft. diameter. Formerly a floral dial with a cypress tree as gnomon and hour lines crafted out of plants such as santilina shrubs. During the 1960's the dial was changed to concrete and aluminum. Now approaching 2020, the concrete dial has a brick surround. Time is marked by large Roman numerals and hour lines in an interior chapter ring. The gnomon is a supported beam with a graceful shaped tip. It may be aluminum, but shows signs of weathering.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
 
References: Web Links:
  • Old dial photo in Mayall, p.167

Last Revised: 2019-09-15 16:08

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