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Murphys in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Albert A. Michelson

Dec. 19, 1852 – May 9, 1931

 
 
Albert A. Michelson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2010
1. Albert A. Michelson Marker
Inscription. First American scientist awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (Physics – 1907); Dean of American Optics; Measured velocity of light, ether drift, standard meter, steller diameters. Lived here during childhood.
 
Erected 1975 by Matuca Chapter and Grand Council of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 8.262′ N, 120° 27.783′ W. Marker is in Murphys, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is on Main Street west of Church Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is mounted on a stone base to the right of the entrance walkway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 Main Street, Murphys CA 95247, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stangetti – Solari – Cademartori Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Sons of the Golden West (within shouting distance of this marker); Murphy Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Masonic Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Murphys (about 300
Full View of the Albert A. Michelson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2010
2. Full View of the Albert A. Michelson Marker
feet away); Old Segale Building (about 400 feet away); The Old Fisk Building (about 500 feet away); Jones Apothecary – Cheap Cash Store (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Murphys.
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Naval Academy Nimitz Library – Special Collections and Archives Division. "It is the pitting of one's brains against bits of iron, metals and crystals and making them do what you want them to do. When you are successful that is all the reward you want." -- Albert A. Michelson, The New York Times, January 18, 1929. (Submitted on July 9, 2010.) 

2. Biography of Albert Michelson. Born in Strelno, Prussia (later Strzelno, Poland), son of a Jewish merchant, Michelson was brought to America as a small child. He grew up in the rough, booming mining towns of Murphy's Camp, California and Virginia City, Nevada. In 1869 he went to Annapolis as an appointee of President U. S. Grant. After graduation he stayed on at the Naval Academy as a science instructor. (Submitted on July 9, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Notable PersonsScience & Medicine
 
Albert A. Michelson image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2010
3. Albert A. Michelson
Artwork displayed with marker.
Albert A. Michelson image. Click for full size.
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4. Albert A. Michelson
Albert A. Michelson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2010
5. Albert A. Michelson Marker
The Michelson Home image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2010
6. The Michelson Home
The Michelson Home image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 5, 2010
7. The Michelson Home
This house is locally known as the Carlimbretti/Chase/Mercer House. It was built in 1860 and was also the home of Albert Michelson, whose father operated a dry goods store in Murphys from 1856 to the 1860's.
 
 
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