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Allegheny Observatory

 
 
Allegheny Observatory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 7, 2011
1. Allegheny Observatory Marker
Inscription. Part of the University of Pittsburgh. Chartered 1860; located here since 1912. At the original site nearby, Professor Samuel P. Langley conducted experiments that would lead to the first sustained, mechanically powered flight in 1896.
 
Erected 1979 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 28.961′ N, 80° 1.1′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is on Riverview Avenue 0.2 miles west of Perrysville Avenue (U.S. 19). Click for map. Located in Riverview Park in Observatory Hill Section of Pittsburgh. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15215, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Riverview United Presbyterian Church (approx. mile away); History of Observatory Hill (approx. half a mile away); First Aluminum Observatory Dome (approx. 1.2 miles away); Saint Boniface Roman Catholic Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Martha Graham (approx. 1.6 miles away); Brown Chapel AME Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); McKees Rocks Mound (approx. 1.9 miles away); Emmanuel Episcopal Church (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
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Allegheny Observatory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 7, 2011
2. Allegheny Observatory Marker
Observatory in background

1. Allegheny Observatory. (Submitted on May 7, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Allegheny Observatory - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. (Submitted on March 25, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceEducationScience & Medicine
 
Allegheny Observatory image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 7, 2011
3. Allegheny Observatory
The Allegheny Observatory in Riverview Park image. Click for full size.
By Thomas M. Jarrett, circa 1960
4. The Allegheny Observatory in Riverview Park
Courtesy: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Allegheny Observatory image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1950
5. Allegheny Observatory
Courtesy: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Allegheny Observatory luminaries, photographed on the observatory's steps image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, circa 1915
6. Allegheny Observatory luminaries, photographed on the observatory's steps
Founded for both private entertainment and public education, the Allegheny Observatory soon became a leading center of astronomical research. The men in this photo, taken on the steps of the observatory around 1915, include Harvard astronomer Edward C. Pickering (standing in the center), telescope maker John A. Brashear (to the right of Pickering), and observatory benefactor William Thaw (seated to Pickering's left) Courtesy: Allegheny Observatory, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh
The Allegheny Observatory's 30 inch Thaw Telescope image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1913
7. The Allegheny Observatory's 30 inch Thaw Telescope
In the early 1910s, Brashear Optical Co. designed and built the 30 inch Thaw telescope for the Allegheny Observatory. Designed for photographic use, the telescope has collected more than 110,000 exposures and helped set the distance scale of the universe. Courtesy: Allegheny Observatory, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh
Allegheny Observatory Historic Landmark plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 24, 2013
8. Allegheny Observatory Historic Landmark plaque
Historic Landmark
Allegheny Observatory
1896-1912
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
 
 
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