A new newspaper report looks at a long-time mystery regarding an astronomical observatory, which included a John Brashear telescope, which once existed in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. In the May 3 issue of the weekly Mount Pleasant Journal, Cassandra Vivian of The Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society explains how industrialist Henry Clay Frick (then an executive with the Carnegie Steel Company) donated the observatory to his hometown school district in 1894.
The observatory, which did not last long, was located in the center of Mt. Pleasant's Frick Park and included a 6-inch refractor telescope produced by Pittsburgh's well-known John A. Brashear Company, Limited. It is still a mystery regarding what became of the Brashear telescope.
Ms. Vivian consulted with Antique Telescope Society members Bart Fried, John Briggs, and Matt Considine, and with Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh, during her research.
Here is the newspaper article (9.4 MB .pdf file may take a little time to download):
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