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The Cincinnati Observatory

Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Date: 1842

The Cincinnati Observatory, “The Birthplace of American  Astronomy,” is the oldest professional observatory in the United States.  Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel, the “Father of American Astronomy,” founded the  observatory in 1842.  John Quincy Adams laid the cornerstone  for the observatory on Mt. Ida, later renamed Mt. Adams. The  original Merz und Mahler 11-inch refractor telescope was put into service  in 1845 and is still in use here today on Mount Lookout. The 1873 Herget Building, which incorporates the original Adams’ cornerstone, was designed by famed architect Samuel  Hannaford.

Era: 1840-1849
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The Cincinnati Observatory
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3489 Observatory Pl
Cincinnati, OH, USA

3489 Observatory Pl

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