Temporary River Crossing at Mount Hopkins

ID: 95-1210

Creator: Penland, Dane A

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1984

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder December 1984

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It's been rough going for staff and others trying to commute to the mountaintop facility at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in Arizona. The temporary river crossing connecting the Amado, Arizona, base camp of the SAO Whipple Observatory with its telescope facilities atop the mountain have been wiped out eight times in less than a year. The photograph was taken in October 1984 and shows a jeep and collapsed bridge.


  • Mt. Hopkins Observatory
  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


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Featured in TORCH, December 1984

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder December 1984

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Observatories
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  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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  • Amado, Arizona


  • Amado, Arizona
  • Arizona


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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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