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Sundial 106
State/Province:  Iowa Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   41° 35.4426' N Longitude:   93° 36.2897' W
Location:
  • West terrace of the Iowa State Capitol building
    between E. Grand and E. Walnut streets, close to E. 9th Street (Finkbine Dr.).
 
Description:
  • This beautiful horizontal brass dial is 24 inches in diameter, cast onto a larger circle 28 inches in diameter. The dial has raised hour, half-hour, and 15-minute lines drawn in esthetic proportions from 5 am to 7pm. Roman numerals are on the outer rim. In the center to the left and right of the gnomon is a table for the Equation of Time in 15 day increments. The dial rests on four brass columns 20 inches high, which are mounted on a brass base 28 inches in diameter. The entire structure is centered on a concrete octagon 6 1/2 feet across.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: State of Iowa
  • Inscribed "To Honor Our Fathers The Grand Army of The Republic",
    "Erected by the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861 - 1863 "September 1938"
  • Designer: Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: September 1938
 
References:
  • Drake University President and astronomy professor Dr. D. W. Morehouse installed and adjusted the timepiece.

Last Revised: 2018-10-06 16:45