Amarillo, Texas: Helium Time Columns Monument

A six-story-tall spire with a big helium molecule in its center, celebrating all of the helium that's buried under Amarillo.

Don Harrington Discovery Center

1200 Streit Dr., Amarillo, TX
Outside the Don Harrington Discovery Center. I-40 exit 65, north on Coulter Drive to Wallace Blvd. (2nd light past I-40)., right on Wallace, right on Hagy and left on Streit Dr.
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Helium time Column Monument. Helium Time Columns Monument

A 60 foot, three-tiered spire with a 3-5 foot helium molecule in the center of the spire.

[david krussow, 05/11/2005]

Each of the four "columns" in the sculpture contains a 1968 time capsule filled with valuable artifacts -- packed in helium -- from the helium industry. The first was opened in 1993, and the last will be opened in 2968.

Helium Time Columns Monument

Can't miss the 6-story stainless steel helium molecule in Amarillo, Texas! It's in some medical park or something north of I-40.

[jim, 01/18/1997]

That's the Helium Time Columns Monument, outside of the Don Harrington Discovery Center, erected in 1968 to commemorate the centennial of the discovery of the unusual natural element, found in Amarillo in the world's greatest quantity!

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