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North American Sundial Society

Columbus  

Sundial: 938
State/Province:  Nebraska Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 41° 25.766' N  97° 21.604' W
Location:
  • This monumental dial in the located on the south side of Frankfort Square at 2600 13th Street near Civic Center in downtown Columbus, Nebraska
 
Description:
  • This monumental equatorial dial is in the style of an Erickson dial with 6-inch polar gnomon and granite dial plate about 10-inches thick and 4 feet in diameter. Summer hours (between the spring equinox and continuing until the fall equinox) are seen on the north face of the dial while winter hours (fall equinox and continuing until the spring equinox) are seen on the south face of the dial. Hours are delineated into quarter hours with hours marked in Arabic numbers. The chapter ring of hours divide the entire 24 hours of the day for artistic purposes. The dial sits on a square 5-foot concrete dais that holds a time capsule from the dial's dedication in 1986 that is to be opened 50 years hence in 2036. A bronze plaque on the dais explains the dial and the time capsule.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Columbus
  • North Face:
    Columbus JayCees

    South Face:
    Striving for a Better World
    Columbus JayCees ...
  • Designer: Erickson Monument Co.
  • Builder: Erickson Monument Co.
  • Construction Date: 1986
 
References:
  • The sundial was donated by the Columbus JayCees to commemorate the organization’s Golden Anniversary. The dial includes a 50-year time capsule to be opened in 2036

Last Revised: 2018-12-15 13:50
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