While passing through Amarillo, Texas we found this monument to helium. For those unaware, helium is not just for balloons and blimps. It is an important industrial gas. Amarillo is near the country’s largest storage facility of helium.

 

 

Amarillo Helium Monument - Helium Time Columns Plaque

Amarillo Helium Monument – Helium Time Columns Plaque

This plaque located next to the monument explains the story of the monument, helium, and Amarillo.

 

 

Amarillo Helium Monument - The Helium Time Columns Sign

Amarillo Helium Monument – The Helium Time Columns Sign

This monument is located in Jack B Kelley Plaza as part of the Don Harrington Discovery Center. These in turn are on the grounds of the Medical Center Park.

 

Amarillo Helium Monument - Helium Time Columns Overall View

Amarillo Helium Monument – Helium Time Columns Overall View

The monument has a representation of the helium atom underneath four columns.

 

Amarillo Helium Monument - Amarillo Helium Monument Centerpiece 1

Amarillo Helium Monument – Amarillo Helium Monument Centerpiece 1

Erected in 1968 the four columns are to be opened in four different time stages. The first column was opened in May, 1993 – 25 years after it was erected. The next columns are scheduled for 2018, 2068, and 2968 A.D.

 

Amarillo Helium Monument - Helium Capital of the World

Amarillo Helium Monument – Helium Capital of the World

A little history of helium and it’s discovery and transportation.

 

Amarillo Helium Monument - Helium Monument Sundial

Amarillo Helium Monument – Helium Monument Sundial

While the monument doubles as a monument and a time capsule, it also is a sundial. In the gallery there are some pictures of the shadow and the “clock” numbers on the ground. See if you can tell what time I took the pictures.

 

Amarillo Helium Monument - Don Harrington Discovery Center

Amarillo Helium Monument – Don Harrington Discovery Center

Appropriately the monument sits across from the Don Harrington Discovery Center.

 

Amarillo Helium Monument - Medical Center Park 1

Amarillo Helium Monument – Medical Center Park 1

Both the Discovery Center and the helium monument sit on the same grounds know as Medical Center Park. Not only do you get a great learning experience, you get some wonderful and peaceful views.

 

Amarillo Helium Monument - Reach Out Statue

Amarillo Helium Monument – Reach Out Statue

A short distance from the monument sits a statue of children playing. This was commissioned by the Reach Out program. Personally, I was fixated on the old man enjoying the park this morning that we stopped by. There are some more pics of him in the gallery.

 

 

 

This is a wonderful place to visit whether you have kids or just by yourself. There is a learning center, a monument with loads of information, and a peaceful park to enjoy. Who could want more.

For more information about this site go to:

http://discoverycenteramarillo.org/helium-monument

 

 

Helium Time Columns & Monument - Amarillo, Texas

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