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Des Moines  

Sundial: 486
State/Province:  Iowa Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 41° 36.551' N  93° 41.096' W
Location:
  • Glendale Cemetery, Masonic Section. Located in the north section, easily seen from the cemetery entrance.
 
Description:
  • This large horizontal dial is approximately 6-foot square with a 4-foot gnomon. The dial face is done in two tones of marble. Time is indicated by radiating hour lines to nearly the dial's edge and graced with Roman numerals. The gnomon has an emblem of the masonic star on west side, and the masonic square and compass on the east side.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Glendale Cemetery
  • Along the edge of the square dial face:
    "The Unwearied Sun, from Day to Day,
    Does His Creator's Powers Display
    Soon as the Evening Shades Prevail
    The Moon Takes Up the Wondrous Tale"
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  • Builder:
 

Last Revised: 2019-07-19 21:31
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