Wichita, Kansas: Stonehenge Jr.

A minor member of the American Stonehenge family, Stonehenge Jr. is a handful of limestone megaliths, with colored glass embellishments, designed as a solstice calendar.

Central Riverside Park

Address:
720 N. Nims St., Wichita, KS
Directions:
Central Riverside Park. I-135 exit at E. 9th St. N. Drive west. 9th turns into Murdock, which takes you across the river and into the park. Exit traffic circle onto W. Stackman Drive. Drive to the next traffic circle and take the first exit onto N. Nims St., then turn right into the Park parking lot.
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Stonehenge Jr.

The standing stones mark the solstice and equinox at high noon local time. What many people don't realize is that during Daylight Savings Time, when we move the clock forward an hour, the Sun will be at the 11 a.m. position when clock says 12 noon. The spring equinox, summer solstice, and fall equinox will occur at 1 p.m. instead of 12 noon. This is because we have moved the clock forward an hour but the Sun is still at 11 a.m. and has not reached the highest point in the sky -- and this Stonehenge only works when the Sun is highest in the sky. The winter solstice is the only season when we still use standard time (solar time), the only time high noon is high noon.

[Jerelyn Ramirez, 12/28/2019]

So... visit at noon on the first day of winter, and at 1 p.m. on the first days of spring, summer, and fall. Daylight Savings Time is messing up our Stonehenges!

Stonehenge Jr.

Stonehenge Jr.

It appears that this is a working solstice calendar, if you know how to use it. For someone like me, it was just a very cool piece of artwork.

[Janelle, 08/03/2019]

Stonehenge Jr.

Stonehenge Jr.

It doesn't look like much when you first arrive, but the mosaics inset into the upright stones are beautiful!

[Krista M, 08/27/2017]
Stonehenge Junior

Stonehenge-like attraction at Riverside park. This does not display at sunrise. Instead it displays at noon on the Solstice but, this year (2016) it was an hour late. We think because of the leap year? [Jennifer Fox, 06/23/2016]

Wichita's Stonehenge.

Stonehenge Jr.

There is a new Stonehenge replica of some sort in Riverside Park, in Wichita, Kansas. I have not visited it yet, but I read a piece about it in the Wichita Eagle newspaper.

[Don Fraysier, 01/08/2005]

We heard it called a "Solar Calendar," created in 2003 by artist Steve Murillo, astronomically configured, natch, with some tall slabs made from limestone. But it's not a Stonehenge replica, although it's been referred to as "Wichita's Stonehenge."

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