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.
This plaque located next to the monument explains the story of the monument, helium, and Amarillo.
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.
The monument has a representation of the helium atom underneath four columns.
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.
A little history of helium and it’s discovery and transportation.
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.
Appropriately the monument sits across from the Don Harrington Discovery Center.
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.
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.
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