Streator, Illinois: Tributes to Pluto Discoverer

Hometown of Clyde Tombaugh, astronomer who discovered the the ninth planet. Pluto sculpture unveiled July 1, 2017. Also honored in the town's historical museum and with an outdoor mural.

Address:
N. Park St., Streator, IL
Directions:
Pluto sculpture is on the northeast corner of Hwy 23/N. Park St. and E. Hickory St. Mural is above Don's Furniture, between Monroe and Vermillion Sts. Streatorland Historical Society Museum is at 306 S. Vermillion St.
Hours:
Museum: M-F 9:30-2:30 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
815-672-2443
Admission:
Free
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Hometown of Pluto Discoverer

We drove through Streator after seeing it featured on a Nova episode covering the plight of Pluto, the one-time planet. Streator is the hometown of the astronomer who discovered Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh. We were hoping to visit the local museum; they weren't open the Saturday we came through.

There is a mural over Don's Furniture on Main Street. The mural proclaims Tombaugh, very clearly, "Discoverer of the Planet Pluto."

[Steve, 09/07/2010]

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