McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory
Front View 3
II: Buildings and Grounds
McDonald Observatory of the University of Texas located atop 6,800-foot Mount Locke in the Davis Mountains will be dedicated May 5, 1939. The observatory, which the University of Texas built with a bequest from the late William J. McDonald, Paris, Texas banker, is 71 feet high surmounted by a hemispherical dome 62 feet in diameter and weighing 115 tons. The 82-inch reflecting mirror telescope is presently the second largest in the world. Astronomers of the University of Chicago led by Dr. Otto Struve, Director of the Yerkes Observatory, will provide staffing.
Astronomical observatories | Observatory domes | Exterior views
Photographic prints; 23.3 x 18.4 cm
Warner & Swasey Company
Davis Mountains, Texas
Archival Photographic Files
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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