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Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Aluminum Observatory Dome

 
 
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By Glomar, September 12, 2010
1. First Aluminum Observatory Dome Marker
Inscription. On the hill just west of here, the first known astronomical observatory with an aluminum dome was erected in 1930. Designed & built by Pittsburgh amateur astronomers led by Leo J. Scanlon, the Valley View Observatory stood beside his Van Buren St. home. In the ensuing years, many of the world's observatories were built with such domes. Scanlon's shiny metal dome became a model for the popular image of a modern observatory.
 
Erected 1998 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 29.992′ N, 80° 0.769′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of McKnight Road (U.S. 19) and West View Avenue, on the right when traveling south on McKnight Road. Touch for map. At interchange of McKnight Road and West View. Also at intersection of West View Ave and Roseland Ave. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15229, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Observatory Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Riverview United Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Allegheny Observatory (approx. 1.2 miles away); West View Memorial
First Aluminum Observatory Dome Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 10, 2011
2. First Aluminum Observatory Dome Marker
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Mount Assisi (approx. 2 miles away); Saint Boniface Roman Catholic Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Hiland Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Greenstone United Methodist Church (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2010, by Glomar of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 867 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Glomar of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on July 11, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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