Drake Municipal Observatory

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Dr. Robert Morehouse was the first chairman of the Astronomy and Physics department, and he discovered a comet in the 1920s. He also haunts the observatory, according to local legend, perhaps because the remains of Dr. Morehouse and his wife are buried in the entryway wall. Students working in the basement have experienced feelings of being watched and noted that a strange force seems to correct their calculations.

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4908 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
United States

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41.59565781549983, -93.68786421422556
Polk County, Iowa
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