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Langley Observatory Clock

 
 
Langley Observatory Clock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 29, 2014
1. Langley Observatory Clock Marker
Inscription. The title of the sculpture, Langley Observatory Clock, refers to the work of Samuel P. Langley. In 1870, Langley, director of the Allegheny Observatory, created the Allegheny System - a standardized system of measuring and disseminating accurate time. Langley used the observatory telescope and astronomical observations to set the time on a specifically designed clock. Using telegraph wires, Langley connected the observatory clock to a highly visible clock located at Pittsburgh's City Hall on Smithfield Street. By the end of the year, 42 railroads were provided a standard time through this system.
 
Location. 40° 26.706′ N, 80° 1.013′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Touch for map. Located on the North Shore Trail between The Carnegie Science Center and Heinz Field. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15212, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Three Rivers Heritage Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pittsburgh Point (about 400 feet away); Three Rivers Stadium (approx. 0.2 miles away); County of Allegheny Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Langley Observatory Clock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 29, 2014
2. Langley Observatory Clock Marker
Located in front of sculpture
First Professional Football Game (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Immaculate Reception (approx. mile away); Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial (approx. mile away); Mary Cassatt (approx. 0.3 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 October 30, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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