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St. John Ev. Lutheran Church
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 Episcopal Church
Grant School
Borden Library
City Hall
Cook Publishing
Brethren Publishing 
Dunham's Castle
Elk's Club
Ill. State Armory 
Home Bank Building
Professional Building
Post Office
Sears Academy
Selz Shoe Factory
Masonic Temple
H. Kind 
Hubbard Block
Cromwell Shoes
Judge Botsford's Residence
Fire Barn # 1
Fire Barn # 5
Elgin Eagle Beer
Sherman Hospital
Resthaven Sanitarium
St. Joseph's Hospital
Larkin Children's Hospital
Elgin State Hospital Annex
Old People's Home
Grove Ave.
Grove Ave 
at Nite.
North on Grove
Douglas Ave.
Chicago Street
Villa Street
Highland & Larkin Avenues
Modern Elgin
Grove Ave. (Mod)
Aerial View
Elgin Skyline
Greetings From Elgin
Greetings From Elgin (1975)

The Elgin National Watch Company Observatory

In an effort to create the most accurate watch possible, The Elgin National Watch Company built an observatory in 1910, so that it could time their watches to the stars. The observatory still stands on the northeast corner of Raymond and Watch streets. The observatory housed a telescope that pointed exactly north and south and all observations were made on the meridian. The process of comparing the time on fixed stars required patience and skill. While viewing distant stars, the operator would note their movements with a hair line in the telescope. He would record it by pressing a button which recorded a chronograph. A separate instrument, which tested the operator, corrected for human error. As many as ten stars a night would be observed. Every room in the factory that regulated watches had a sounding device that indicated the seconds, which was wired to the observatory.

In 1959, the observatory was turned over to School District U-46. In 1964, a planetarium was added. It now features special lighting, a concealed sound system and 65 reclining seats.  To learn more about the Elgin National Watch Company Planetarium, visit their web site.


Fox River
Chgo St Bridge
Chgo Bridge at night
Kimball  Bridge
Walton Island
Pumping Station
Elgin Nat'l 
Watch Co.
West & Front Wing
Noon at Factory
The Main Entrance
National House
Elgin Watchmakers College
Il. Watch 
Case Factory
Eppenstein's Home
N. Y. World's Fair
My Elgin's All Right
Gifford Park
Veteran Monument
Lord's Park
Scenic View
Upper Lake
Band Stand
Audubon Museum
Pavilion At Night
Pavilion in Wintertime
Bear Pit
Trout Park
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Sulfur  Springs
(Wing Park)
Wing Park
Swimming Pool
Band Concert
(Wing Park)
Weldwood Country Club
Central Park
Bridge over Tyler Creek
Windmill on Aurora Elgin RR
Kelley Hotel
Hotel Fosgate
Fox Hotel
Dairy Cows
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