Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Henry Draper and His Observatories / Henry Draper y Sus Observatiorios
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
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Henry Draper and His Observatories
From 1860, when he built his first observatory on his father's estate, until his death in 1882, Henry Draper photographed the heavens from this Hastings hilltop. In this 1880s image, the original observatory is on the right, the larger 1869 dome on the left. The popularity of Draper's Smithsonian guide to making telescopes and his innovative use of photography made this site a destination for 19th century amateur astronomers, including the Emperor of Brazil. The picture of Draper and his first telescope dates to the 1860s.
Desde 1860 cuando Henry Draper construyó su primer observatorio en la propiedad de su padre, hasta su muerte en 1882, solía fotografiar el cielo desde esta cumbre. En esta emagen de la década de 1880, el primer observatorio está a la derecha y la cúpula más grande construida en 1869 a la izquierda. La popularidad de Draper por su guía para la construcción de telescopios del Smithsonian y el uso innovativo de su fotografía hizo este lugar el destino de muchos astrónomos aficionados del
Erected 2006 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 13.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the The Museum in the Streets®: Hastings-on-Hudson, New York series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
Location. 40° 59.468′ N, 73° 52.76′ W. Marker is in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Broadway (U.S. 9) south of Washington Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 407 Broadway, Hastings on Hudson NY 10706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Draper Park (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Draper Park (a few steps from this marker); Forge Cottage / La Fragua (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Bridge and Reflecting Pool (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Billie Burke's Reflecting Pool (about 500 feet away); Road Leading to Burkely Crest (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Draper ParkDraper Terrace / Draper Terrace (el callejón Draper) (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hastings-on-Hudson.
Regarding Henry Draper and His Observatories / Henry Draper y Sus Observatiorios. Note that the Spanish text for "Observatorios" is misspelled on the marker as "Observatiorios".
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 13, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.