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River Basin Surveys Papers

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River Basin Surveys Papers

Smithsonian Libraries

River Basin Surveys Papers

Smithsonian Libraries

River Basin Surveys Papers

Smithsonian Libraries

Surveys and maps of the District of Columbia / Marcus Baker

Smithsonian Libraries
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Reprinted from: The National geographic magazine, v. 6, Nov. 1, 1894.

Also available online.

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Joseph Henry and Spencer Fullerton Baird Aid Pacific Railroad Surveys

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Portrait of Caleb Burwell Rowan Kennerly shows him in expedition gear. He participated in the Pacific Railroad Survey in 1853-1854. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 78-10093.

For more information, see http://www.mnh.si.edu/vz/fishes/ichthyology_history/expeditions.html.

Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian for the year 1854, pp. 80-83; 1855, p. 43; 1856, p. 51.

Smithsonian Secretary Henry and Assistant Secretary Spencer Fullerton Baird provide detailed scientific instructions and equipment for the Pacific Railroad surveys, conducted from 1853 to 1855. These surveys consist of six major expeditions extending from the Great Plains to the west coast with the purpose of determining a transcontinental railroad route. The specimens collected during these surveys became a significant part of the Smithsonian's collections and contained many new species.

... Surveys from Worcester to Baldwinsville & NH Line

National Museum of American History

Land Survey

National Museum of American History

surveying tower

National Museum of American History

level, surveying

National Museum of American History

surveying instrument

National Museum of American History

surveying compass

National Museum of American History

surveying instrument

National Museum of American History

Progress Button, #1 in the Last Three Datapro User Surveys

National Museum of American History
This circular button has red and black text on a white background that reads: Progress. #1 in the Last Three Datapro User Surveys. Fourth Generation Language and Relational Database A mark in black ink on the reverse reads: CDX '90.

SKETCH / of / The Public Surveys / in / IOWA TERRITORY

National Museum of American History
The Iowa Territory was created in 1838. This map, created under the auspices of the General Land Office, divided the eastern part of that land into square townships 6 miles on each side (townships at the edges of the state tend to be smaller and irregular in shape). The scale is 18 miles to the inch. The identified towns include Bellevue, Benton, Bloomfield, Bloomington, Centerville, Davenport, DuBuque, Farmington, Franklin, Iowa City, Jefferson, Lyons, Marengo, Mt. Pleasant, Moscow, N. York, Peru, Rochester, Rockingham, Salem, Tuscarorah, Van Buren, Washington, and West Point. Towns in Illinois include Cassville, Ft. Armstrong, Ft. Madison, and Rock Island. A Principal Meridian runs just east of Salem, and 1st and 2nd correction lines run east and west. Much of the underlying survey was done by William A. Burt, inventor of the solar compass. Ref: William Milburn, “Report,” in Public Documents Printed by Order of the Senate of the United States (Washington, D.C., 1841), vol. 3, pp. 57-109. C. Albert White, A History of the Rectangular Land Survey System (Washington, D.C., 1983).
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