Cincinnati Latitude Observatory
What a great day to be a surveyor. After two years of nagging the University of Cincinnati, this morning a small group of us were finally allowed to search for the remnants of the telescope pillar of the old latitude observatory (1899-1915). With the use of ground penetrating radar we were quickly able to identify the most likely area and the first push of a probe we knew we had it. It's hard to describe to non-surveyors what it feels like when you've uncovered a mark not seen in 100+ years. The Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio will work with UC to come up with an appropriate commemorative monument and host a dedication event sometime next spring.
I've always said that the treasure hunt is the most fun part of surveying. Congrats and thanks for the photos! 🙂
I have had the pleasure of visiting the Latitude Observatory in Ukiah California with our NGS Regional Geodetic Advisor.
I knew there had been one in Cincinnati during the early years of the project. That is very cool that your were able to locate the remnants of the pillar and that the site will be memorialized in some way. The long term viability of the Ukiah observatory really needs to be secured so that this historical site is around for many generations to come.
Time to break out the T3!
For those interested, here’s a link to the Manual of Geodetic Astronomy: ftp://ftp.library.noaa.gov/docs.lib/htdocs/rescue/cgs_specpubs/QB275U35no2371947.pdf
Ah, the ancient arts...
I imagine the leaves will be off before long.