Near Pasadena in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Benjamin Davis Wilson
Erected by the Alhambra – San Gabriel Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1811.
Location. 34° 13.367′ N, 118° 3.751′ W. Marker is near Pasadena, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Mount Wilson Road. Marker is near the summit of Mount Wilson, along the southeastern side of the main parking lot, open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (8:30 am on weekends). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena CA 91107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harvard’s Mount Wilson Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michelson Pier on Mount Wilson (approx. The 100-Inch Hooker Telescope (approx. 0.4 miles away); Adams Pack Station (approx. 3 miles away); Mount Lowe Railway (approx. 3.4 miles away); World’s Largest Blossoming Plant (approx. 3.6 miles away); Mount Wilson Trail (approx. 3.8 miles away); MacPherson Parkway (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pasadena.
Regarding Benjamin Davis Wilson. After being explored by Benjamin Davis Wilson, the 5,700-foot mountain became known as Wilson’s Peak and later Mount Wilson. It has been the site of powerful astronomical telescopes since 1889. From 1908 to 1948, its 60-inch and 100-inch reflectors ranked, successively, as the largest telescope in the world.
Since the 1940s Mount Wilson has also carried a vast antenna complex for radio and television transmission to the Los Angeles area.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Mt Wilson Trail marker in Sierra Madre.
Also see . . . Mount Wilson Observatory. History, visiting, tours, etc. (Submitted on September 7, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 973 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 8, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.