The Photos of Thomas R. Young

These photos were compiled by Thomas R. Young during the construction of Palomar Observatory. An immigrant from Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Young was involved in the plumbing installation at the observatory in the 1930's. He later started his own business, Young's Plumbing, in Escondido, CA. He was a resident of Valley Center, CA until his death in 1970.

The album containing the photos was donated by his children Norma Boas, Hugh "Brick" Young, and Thomas Young, in August, 2005. All presently live in Escondido, CA. They have fond memories of going to Palomar to stay a week while visiting their father.

Looking south towards the dome of the 18-inch Schmidt telescope.

Looking northeast towards the open dome of the 18-inch Schmidt telescope.

A snow scene with 2 staff cottages and High Point in the background.

A large component makes its way to the observatory.

Construction of the dome for the 200-inch telescope (1936).

A snow scene with workers on the frame of the dome for the 200-inch telescope.

Another shot of construction of the dome for the 200-inch telescope.

Large pieces of steel are lifted into place for the dome for the 200-inch telescope

Construction continues on the dome for the 200-inch telescope.

Dome of the 18-inch Schmidt along with several staff cottages lie in the foreground. The frame of the 200-inch dome in the background.

Dome interior with dome "trucks" and a temporary stair case leading to the dome catwalk in position.

One of the 32 dome "trucks" before it was in place on the dome rails.

Pouring the concrete for the observatory rec hall. One of the staff houses is at left and in the background on the right. A corner of the powerhouse is on the right.