Smith Observatory

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Smith Observatory
OrganizationBeloit College
LocationBeloit, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates42°30′18″N 89°01′54″W / 42.50500°N 89.03167°W / 42.50500; -89.03167Coordinates: 42°30′18″N 89°01′54″W / 42.50500°N 89.03167°W / 42.50500; -89.03167
unnamed9.5-inch refractor
Smith Observatory is located in the United States
Smith Observatory
Location of Smith Observatory

for Smith Observatory at Geneva, New York, see Smith Observatory and Dr. William R. Brooks House

Smith Observatory is an observatory at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. Completed in 1882, the observatory was funded by Janette S. Herrick and named in memory of her brother, John F. Smith. It served the campus from 1882 until the 1950s. In 1967, it was used as a coffee house before being torn down in 1969.[1] It was replaced by Thompson Observatory.


  • Professor Smith (1882-?)
  • Clement Rood


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smith Observatory. Beloit College Archives.