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Withrow meteorite

The wonders of Waterville

The town is an unlikely place to have ties to astronomical events, but the Douglas County Historical Museum owns two meteorites. The 82-pound Waterville meteorite discovered in 1917 less than 20 miles away, was the first meteorite found in Washington.
For a while, it was kept at the entrance to William Schluenz's hardware store. He offered to pay $1 to anyone who could knock off a piece of the nickel-iron space rock. He never had to pay off.
The Washington State History Museum borrowed it to study but was not as quick to return it. The county sheriff had to retrieve it.
The 19-pound Withrow meteorite was found in 1950 about 15 miles away in a farmer's field and was later donated to the museum.

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Waterville meteorite Latitude: 4745'0.00"N, Longitude: 11950'60.00"W
Withrow meteorite Latitude: 4742'24.01"N, Longitude: 11949'48.00"W

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