“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Albion in Calhoun County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Observatory

Registered Michigan Historic Site

The Observatory Marker image. Click for full size.
February 20, 2010
1. The Observatory Marker
Inscription.  The Albion College Astronomical Observatory was built in 1883-84 at the urging of Dr. Samuel Dickie, who later became president of the college. Dickie helped raise $10,000 to build and equip the facility. The observatory still harbors its original telescope, transit circle, side-real clock and chronograph. The building has housed classrooms, a bookstore, faculty offices and the West Michigan Methodist Conference archives. In 1984, it was refurbished as the college Ethics Center.
Erected 1985 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number 566.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceChurches & ReligionEducation. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1984.
Location. 42° 14.705′ N, 84° 44.664′ W. Marker is in Albion, Michigan, in Calhoun County. Marker is on East Cass Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located on the campus of Albion College outside the front entrance
The Observatory and Marker image. Click for full size.
February 20, 2010
2. The Observatory and Marker
View of the observatory building (marker is located in front of entrance).
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of the observatory building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albion MI 49224, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of Famed Song (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Albion College (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of "Old Rugged Cross" (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mother's Day In Albion / Mother's Day (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gardner House Museum (approx. half a mile away); Concord Universalists / First Universalist Church (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albion.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2010. This page has been viewed 835 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 20, 2010. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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