....Oakland, California - Stargazing since 1924








07/07/1915

 

Chabot Space and Science Center and
Eastbay Astronomical Society timeline

Compiled by Carter Roberts and Don Stone

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07 Jul 1915
20-inch objective arrives in Oakland, and is stored in the vault of the Oakland Bank of Savings.
23 Jul 1915
Photo of men & live ring during construction of big dome.
01 Sep 1915
Meeting of Bd of Ed - just enough money to roof the dome of Observatory. Observatory cannot be finished.
24 Sep 1915
Chabot Observatory will be completed.
01 Oct 1915
Assistant City Attorney, C.E. Jackson reports - Bd of Ed is trustee for City.
09 Oct 1915
Letter from Bd of Ed to Burckhalter re selling 8-inch telescope.
13 Oct 1915
Board votes to keep 8-inch telescope (which CB will call Leah).
24 Nov 1915
Date on deed for site. Bd of Ed approves Leona Heights site.
05 Dec 1915

Panama-Pacific International Exposition ends.

06 Dec 1915
City Council approves $4000 for buildings (Ordinance #941) and $6000 for land (Ordinance #942).
08 Dec 1915
Erection of 20-inch telescope to begin.
30 Jan 1916
Robert G. Aitken and Heber D. Curtis test 20-inch telescope. Each paid $10.
13 Feb 1916
Kingsley W. Wightman (KWW) born.
08 Mar 1916
20-inch telescope opens to public. Due to financial problems, it and the transit building are the only parts of the building completed.
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Students from Vocational High School build observing platform.
01 Apr 1916
Weather station moved to new site.
11 May 1916
Bd of Ed votes to Mills College same privileges as to Oakland Schools.
16 Mar 1917
Bid notice for construction of more of Observatory building.
03 May 1917
Burckhalter attempts to resign at age of 68.
Jun 1918
Suggestion that the still uncompleted Chabot Observatory might be put under control of the University of California.
28 Apr 1919
Bd of Ed accepts bid for completion of Observatory.
25 May 1919
Work began on main part of building.
07 Dec 1919
Dome for 8-inch completed.
01 May 1921
Burckhalter, now 72, attempts to resign again.
10 May 1923
Burckhalter, now 74, attempts to resign for the third time.

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