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Fort Wayne  

Sundial: 988
State/Province:  Indiana Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 41° 05.480' N  85° 08.359' W
Location:
  • Science Central, located at 1950 N. Clinton Street (Route 27) south of Elizabeth Street. Dial is directly in front of Science Central entrance.
 
Description:
  • This is a large 20 foot diameter horizontal dial embedded in the cement sidewalk. Brass hour lines extend from the edge of the circular dial to the toe of the gnomon. The gnomon itself is a brass triangle, tarnished except for its tip that is frequently rubbed by visitors. Arabic numerals mark time by hours from 6 am to 6 pm.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Science Central / City of Ft Wayne
  • A plaque near the dial explains how to take shadow time and use the equation of time to get civil time
  • Designer: 1st Brooks
  • Builder: 1st Brooks
 

Last Revised: 2019-09-12 13:48
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