Out for an evening drive and a stop at the local ice cream shop The Dairy Castle.
We usually "splurge" on a baby sundae.
Most of their dishes are big enough for 2 people to share and still consume too many calories!
After enjoying the sundae we decided to drive home a different road .
We saw this white building down a street and wondered what it was.
Much to our surprise we came upon an observatory!
The date on the building was 1884.
As soon as we got home we whipped out the iPads and looked it up.
Here's what we found.
is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by DePauw University. Built in 1884, it is located in Greencastle, Indiana (USA)
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
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.
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