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Carefree, Arizona - World's Largest Sundial
The World's Largest Sundial sits in "downtown" Carefree, Arizona. A plaque on the dial reads:
"Solar engineer John Yellot and architect Joe Wong designed the sundial for K.T. Palmer in 1959. It stretches 62 feet and points to the North Star. Solar local time is 27.7 minutes behind Mountain Standard Time and the hour markers are adjusted to compensate. The town of Carefree added copper cladding in 1990."
Buildings and shops surround the sundial from nearly all sides, making photographing this beast a tad difficult. In addition to the large sundial, there is a much smaller sundial installed on a rock at the base(the set donated by the local Kiwanis Club). There is also some kind of artsy ball hanging from the sundial arm, as well as a fountain at the base and an artsy "Carefree" sign made of wrought iron which is painted red.[Greg Brown, 03/24/2001]
July 2007: Tipster "Kevin" points out that "The gigantic equatorial sundial in Jaipur, India is almost 1/2 of an acre in size," and beats these other sundials. August 2005: Tipster "David" informs us that the town of Singleton in Australia claims to have a larger sundial than Carefree's...
- Sundial Circle, Carefree, AZ
- I-17 exit 223. East on Hwy 74/Carefree Hwy for 12 miles. Left onto Tom Darlington Drive for 1.5 miles, then right onto Carefree Drive to the Sundial Circle.
Carefree, Arizona - World's Largest Kachina Doll
The World's Largest Kachina Doll is still standing in Carefree, Arizona and still for sale![Greg Brown, 01/31/2011]
- Cave Creek Rd, Carefree, AZ
- 6 mi east of town on Cave Creek Rd., stay to left of a Y at Bartlett Lake sign, on left over hill, at entrance of Tonto Hills community.
Geronimo, Arizona - World's Largest Petrified Tree - Geronimo Trading Post
Seems like there's petrified wood just about everywhere in northeast Arizona, and the "World's Largest Petrified Tree" is at the Geronimo Trading Post. The tree is in several sections and weighs 80 tons. Best of all, as far as attractions go, it's free. It's just laying there right in the parking lot. Actually worth seeing, too. It is one BIG piece of rock.[Dean Jeffrey, 04/06/2003]
Geronimo Trading Post
- 5372 Geronimo Rd, Holbrook, AZ
- Geronimo Trading Post. I-40 exit 280, northeast side.
- Holbrook, Arizona - World's Largest Petrified Tree
Signs along the highway proclaim that you'll find it at Geronimo's Trading Post. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Tempe, Arizona - AZ Route 101 Art Scene
If you take Route 101 North from Route 202 (just past the World's Largest Inflatable Dam) you will be treated to all manor of artistic scenes on the highways concrete walls. Most walls have Southwestern style geckos painted onto the highway sound barriers, but there are also saguaro cacti at one of the interchanges.
Most of the locals say they "just don't understand why" the highway is painted like this but after driving zillions of East Coast interstates and highways with little or no imagination I think it's a nice touch.[Greg Brown, 03/17/2001]
- Price Fwy, Tempe, AZ
- Hwy 101/Price Fwy north from Hwy 202, at all of the overpasses from Frye Rd to at least Guadalupe Rd.