Hometown of Hubble Telescope Namesake
Between Philipsburg and Marshfield, Route 66 escapes the presence of the Interstate, and travels through some beautiful rural scenes via County Route CC. I briefly detoured off the route to check out the town of Niangua, thinking that any town with a name that difficult to pronounce must be home to something interesting--but I didn't find anything.
I imagine very few towns have a scale-model of a satellite sitting in front of their courthouse, but Marshfield, Missouri does, and with good reason. Marshfield is home to Dr. Edwin Hubble, the astronomer whose name became a household word, when it was given to the Hubble telescope.
The Hubble Telescope replica is 1/4 the size of the real thing.
Hubble died decades before his namesake telescope entered orbit, but his legacy had already made an impact on the science of astronomy. Hubble demonstrated that there were other galaxies in the universe besides the Milky Way, and also established Hubble's Law, which helped establish the expansion of the universe.†
After you've walked around the courthouse, you can take a moment to explore Marshfield's sleepy main street. There are a few businesses in operation, but I didn't find much to draw me inside. A giant grain elevator looms over the town, but I couldn't find a good place to take a clean picture of it.
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Karen Gore of Marshfield
writes: Marshfield is also home to an annual Cherry
Blossom Festival in the spring. Every year famous
Missourians are honored with a star on our Walk of Fame. One
of the previous honorees was Mickey Carroll from Wizard of
Oz. A 2009 recipient that has already been named is Bob
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