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"Chabot Observatory" Bibliography: The Beginnings of Oakland, California A.U.C. by Peter Thomas Conmy; Oakland Public Library-1961. Anthony Chabot whose name is attached to a street, a school and an astronomical observatory was born in 1814 in St. Hyacinth, Canada. He left home when he was sixteen years of age and in 1849 came to California. Engaged at first in mining he soon shifted to other pursuits. In 1854 he built two saw mills in Sierra County. In 1856 he left the mining area and went into the water business. In 1866 he started building the Oakland Water Works. In 1869 he built the San Jose Water Works, and still later another one at Vallejo. He had many commercial interests and amassed a large fortune. In 1883 he gave the City of Oakland and the Oakland School Department an astronomical observatory, located then on Lafayette Square. Chabot died on January 6, 1888, aged 74. (G. Weininger, 5/2002): After World War I, the observatory was moved to a better site in the Oakland hills. Lafayette Square was one of the 7 blocks in the downtown area to be designated by 1869 as "exclusively for outdoor oublic enjoyment."
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