Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
National Historic Landmark
has been designated a
Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
this site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating or illustrating
the History of The United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Education • Exploration • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
Location. 35° 12.143′ N, 111° 39.843′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker can be reached from West Mars Hill Road 0.6 miles west of West Santa Fe Avenue. Marker is located on the Lowell Observatory campus. It is mounted beside the steps, just to the right of the Clark Telescope Dome entrance. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clark Dome Weather Station (a few steps from this marker); 42-Inch Reflecting Telescope (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Lee Giclas (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lawrence Lowell Telescope (about 800 feet away); Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Flagstaff Flag - Raising (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Old Tractor (approx. 0.7 miles away); Walkway of Flags (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flagstaff.
Regarding Lowell Observatory. National Register of Historic Places #66000172.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lowell Observatory
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1. Built for Mars, but discovered Pluto. The observatory was founded by astronomer Percival Lowell. Lowell became famous after saying he saw canals on Mars through a telescope. This was later refuted with close-up images of the Red Planet, but Lowell's astronomical legacy persists in the form of the observatory. Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is perhaps best known for the discovery of Pluto, but that is not nearly the facility's only (Submitted on May 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Clark Refractor. In 1895, Lowell Observatory founder Percival Lowell commissioned the Alvan Clark & Sons Firm of Cambridgeport, Massachusetts to build a state-of-the-art 24-inch refracting telescope. Percival Lowell initially used the telescope search for intelligent life on Mars. (Submitted on May 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Lowell Observatory (Wikipedia). Lowell Observatory is among the oldest observatories in the United States. In 2011, the Observatory was named one of "The World's 100 Most Important Places" by TIME. The main facility, located on Mars Hill just west of downtown Flagstaff, houses the original 24-inch Clark Refracting Telescope, which is now used for public education. (Submitted on May 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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