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Weather permitting, that is. ■

Next time: The Slow Adventure.
Jeff Smith


  1. Ronald Florence: “From our vantage point, [80] years later, it is hard to imagine the challenge the undertaking represented.”
  2. David O. Woodbury: “It began as one man’s dream, but it finishes as the culmination of a thousand arts and inventions and the finest instrument that science and engineering can devise.”
  3. Jack Belyea: “Everybody seemed to be interested in this movement.”

Belyea, Jack, “Wheels of Progress,” interoffice communication, Belyea Truck Co., November 20, 1947, ms. Palomar Observatory archives.

Bolton, Nancy R., “Press Pilgrimage to Palomar,” Sky and Telescope (Jan., 1948).

Florence, Ronald, The Perfect Machine, New York, 1994.

Hale, George Ellery, “The Possibilities of Large Telescopes,” Harper’s Monthly Magazine, April, 1928.

Leonard, A. S., “Cummins Dependable Diesels Haul The 200 Inch Mirror to Palomar Observatory,” ms. Palomar Observatory archives.

Richardson, Robert S., “The 200-Inch Mirror Goes to Palomar Mountain,” unpublished ms, Astrophysics Library, California Institute of Technology.

Wood, Catherine M., Palomar: From Teepee to Telescope, San Diego, 2008.

Woodbury, David O., The Giant Glass of Palomar, New York, 1939.

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Forgottenhighway June 18, 2010 @ 1 a.m.

Hello, I am enjoying the story but I must correct you on the name of the Belyea driver.His name was Lloyd Green not Floyd Green.Lloyd was killed two years after this move when a crane collapsed during the building of an overpass on HWY 71 near the Prado dam. Cheers,Pat


lmcrook Sept. 25, 2012 @ 12:54 p.m.

I am Lloyd Green's Granddaughter! I have been trying to research him for years! Would you mind contacting me at [email protected]? I have so many questions, and would love to hear what you know! Thanks, Leslie Crook


Jeff Smith June 18, 2010 @ 9:10 a.m.

Pat you're right. My error. Some newspaper accounts call him "Floyd." But Belyea's memoir calls him "Lloyd."


Forgottenhighway Dec. 2, 2012 @ 6:20 p.m.

Leslie, I have some personal items belonging to your grandfather. I will try to contact you via email. Cheers,Pat


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