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Marker Details

Historical Marker:

Clyde William Tombaugh


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Location:
The marker is located in Streator, in front of City Hall, facing east toward Bloomington Street.
Latitude:
41.1189
Longitude:
-88.8358
Dedication Date:
01/01/1985
Dedication By:
Streatorland Historical Society and The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
Clyde William Tombaugh was born in Streator in 1906. As a young boy he was very interested in the universe and built his own telescope. He moved to Kansas to study astronomy at the state university. He became an assistant at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona at the age of 23. A year later in 1930, while working from reckonings made by Percival Lowell in 1914, Tombaugh discovered the most distant planet in our solar system, which he named Pluto.
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