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Delavan, WI 53115
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Yerkes Observatory is a facility built for the Department of astronomy and astrophysics in Chicago University. The observatory is known to be the base of several ground breaking discoveries and theories in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. Additionally, many topics of current research in this field have been sparked off through the findings in this observatory. The facility houses a few state-of-the-art equipment as well as the world's largest refracting telescope. Also having a collection of over 150,000 photographic plates, Yerkes Observatory can justifiably be referred to as the foundation of modern astronomy.
Built in 1888 as a summer home for beer tycoon Conrad Seipp, this estate on the southern shore of Geneva Lake is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The mansion has a post civil war era decor and even has a four story nautical observation tower visible from many points on the lake. You can book your visit to the mansion and a cruise that takes you there as well. They have a museum store selling memorabilia, a restaurant on the mansion grounds, as well as a 620-foot (188-meter) long shore line. Check their website for tickets, timings and various upcoming events.
Big Foot State Beach Park is a popular destination in the area for camping and recreation. The park contains Lake Geneva, which is popular for swimming, fishing and canoeing. In addition, there are facilities for camping, archery and picnic areas.
The flamboyant Rotary Botanical Garden is one of the most spectacular botanical gardens in Wisconsin. Themed-gardens like English Cottage, French and so forth further add to its beauty. Apart from that, it also boasts of variety of plants, shrubs and vines. For more details, check website.
The Memorial Hall is located at Richmond, Illinois. This historic building was constructed in 1907 with a US$ 10,000 bequest from Charles Dewitt McConnell and was a focal point for community government and recreation. The building was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places on August 19, 1993.
Telfer Park is a convention center, a skate park and a sports facility all rolled into one. The park sees quite a number of public gatherings and events. Entry into the park and the use of skating facilities is free for the public.
Located off Milwaukee Road, Turtle Creek Park offers several outdoor recreational opportunities for locals and tourists in Beloit. Activities offered here include hiking, fishing and skiing. Spread on both sides of Turtle Creek that originates from Rock River, Turtle Creek Greenway Recreation Area makes for a nice family picnic, midst its beautiful surroundings.
Built in 1889 to serve the city’s water needs, this historic water tower was built by a group of local businessmen. Located on the bluff overlooking the Rock River, the Beloit Water Tower once contained a 100,000-gallon (378,541-liter) water tank made of cypress, and pressurized seven miles (11 kilometers) of pipes. It stands stagnant since 1935, after a newly constructed steel water tower with twice the capacity was built adjacent to it. Today, the Shingle Style pump house at its base now houses the Beloit Visitors Center. Once regarded as a great work of masonry in the west, the Beloit Water Tower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The first water management system of Beloit was built in 1800s. It is today known as Stone Water Tower and Water Works Pump House, which now functions as one of the most popular historical attractions of the city.
Named for Dr. Horace White, a Civil War veteran, this park was actually built as Beloit's first cemetery. A gem of the Downtown area, Horace White Park, is now a recreational park that comprises of pretty limestone paths from the 1800s, a playground with play equipment, a gazebo and a monument.
The Church of St. Thomas the Apostle is a magnificent church built in the Gothic style of architecture. It stands firm on its grounds since 1885. The church has continued to function even since it was established. It holds regular services and other religious ceremonies. Religious education is also imparted by the church to its disciples. The graceful interiors of the church are an evidence of the era it belonged to.
Located at the intersection of College and Bushnell Streets, the Poetry Garden is a pretty, green space that's a part of the Beloit College. It is often sought for intimate, outdoor gatherings and programs.