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Yerkes Observatory in William’s Bay-Our Last Tour


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Watch tour we took below.

We had just recently heard the news that Yerkes Observatory will be closing on October 1st of this year and knew we had to hurry back to take another tour before they ended.  The news had just been announced a week or two earlier.

My first visit was actually in 6th grade in February 1977. Here is a picture I took then.

We went together for the first time in 2012. Richard Dreiser has been giving almost all of the tours since 1980, 38 years!  Six years later, he said he remembered us and was happy to see us again.  He is really nice and we will miss him. He is writing a book though about Yerkes so we look forward to getting that when it’s published.

It wasn’t really crowded since the news only just came out about the closure a week or so earlier. We heard that the tour groups in September were quite large. We could look around the hallway shortly before the tour started.

The back of the hallway was cordoned off, it wasn’t in 2012. Let’s see what is back there.

Richard began by showing some beautiful photos taken by the Yerkes telescope and others in the hallway adjacent to the lobby.

After discussing these photos, we then moved out to the lobby. It is quite beautiful, decorated with terracotta accents, marble floor and a skylight in the ceiling. The light fixtures are original too. The building was officially opened in 1897.

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Under the skylight.

Richard pointed out the many features in the decorative artwork of the building in the lobby area.  Faces, angels, and owls abound!

We then moved outside, where Richard pointed out the many distinguishing features in the artwork on the columns and above the door. Art is everywhere at this building, something you don’t see anymore.

Then, we went back in and concluded the tour at the big telescope. We could not go up on the platform on this visit.

Yerkes had been visited by many scientists, including Albert Einstein in this group photo taken in the 20’s.

We all got a special treat that most people don’t get to see, the dome rotating (see video at 48:33).  He went to the console on the right side of the dome and made the adjustments.

 

 

Laurie Kutil 2012

Our tour came to a conclusion 10 minutes later, Richard spent the remaining time answering questions. Went back down the stairs.

Saw the library and stopped in the gift shop.

Our visit concluded here. We are sad this valuable resource is no longer a part of the University in Chicago.  However, it may reopen again at later date under new ownership. I will update this post if this happens. We hope Richard will be hired to continue his excellent tours. Meanwhile, enjoy the video of the original tour.

Hyde Mill for All Seasons


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Hyde Mill in Spring

Hyde Mill Summer

Hyde Mill in Autumn

Hyde Mill is one of Wisconsin photographers favorite subjects.  Its located in Ridgeway in Iowa County in Southwest Wisconsin. It’s future is uncertain since the parcel of land its on has been up for sale since 2008.  The mill was built in 1850 and is no longer functioning.  Mill Creek still flows by, providing a relaxing sound. However, the area surrounding the mill is replete with artifacts left from when it was a functioning mill.

There is a row of millstones on display on the grounds. This was two years ago, now they are behind a fence.  There are other artifacts as well.

Millstones

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Up on a hill nearby is the Old Mill House, built in 1876.

Old Mill House in Ridgeway

 

Other interesting places are in Hyde near the mill. The Hyde Chapel.

Hyde Chapel labeled

The Hyde Store.  A busy establishment, the store host many parties and live music performances.

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It was time to revisit the mill, AT NIGHT.  I had just bought a new camera, the Canon Rebel T6i after learning it was capable of astro-photography.  We also found out the mill is located in one of the darkest spots in Wisconsin.  This Light Pollution map was our guide and is updated yearly.  This was the result, wow!  My objective was to photograph the Milky Way as a backdrop behind the mill.

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Darkness of mill location.

Light Pollution at Hyde Mill marked

The view behind the mill was just as impressive, both photos taken on the bridge.

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It is always enjoyable to visit here no matter the season.

 

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