McKim Observatory

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McKim Observatory
Organization DePauw University
Location Greencastle, Indiana
Altitude 259.08 meters (850 feet)
Warner & Swasey-Alvan Clark & Sons Refracting Telescope 0.242-meter /9.53-inch
McKim Observatory, DePauw University
Front of the observatory
McKim Observatory is located in Indiana
McKim Observatory
Location DePauw and Highbridge Aves., Greencastle, Indiana
Coordinates 39°38′44″N 86°51′9″W / 39.64556°N 86.85250°W / 39.64556; -86.85250Coordinates: 39°38′44″N 86°51′9″W / 39.64556°N 86.85250°W / 39.64556; -86.85250
Area less than one acre
Built 1884
Architect Marshall,Joseph
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78000051[1]
Added to NRHP December 22, 1978

McKim Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by DePauw University. Built in 1884, it is located in Greencastle, Indiana (USA).


The observatory is named after Robert McKim, who presented to the observatory a complete astronomical outfit at a cost of over $10,000.[2]

McKim was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, on May 24, 1816, and died in Madison, Indiana, May 9, 1887. After completing his apprenticeship as a stonemason in Ireland, he emigrated to the United States, worked for a time in Philadelphia, and moved to Madison, Indiana, in 1837. In 1855, he left stone masonry and established himself in the coal business. Income from investments in real estate enabled him to make investments in manufacturing enterprises which did well.[2]

McKim was always a lover of astronomical studies, and, after his investment income was sufficient, he purchased one of the best telescopes in the United States for a private observatory adjoining his residence. Besides De Pauw, public charities and other institutions of learning also benefited by his bequests.[2]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "McKim, Robert". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 
  1. "McKim Observatory Homepage". McKim Observatory. Retrieved December 14, 2005. [dead link]

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