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NOAA's Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection
Catalog of Images

5550 thumbnail picture
Hecht was the observer at this station in North Dakota. Small wooden observing stand. Triangulation party of Wilbur Porter
Near Mandan, North Dakota 1934
5551 thumbnail picture
103-foot light stand at Station Red Cloud.
Webster County, Nebraska 1934
5552 thumbnail picture
Climbing a small tower at Station Pinnacle. Providing horizontal control survey for aerial photography of King County
Washington, King County 1937
5553 thumbnail picture
Pole tower built from native timber at Takhini West Base. Note signal flag on tree. Triangulation party of F. B. Quinn
Alaska 1943
5554 thumbnail picture
Tower at Station Indian covered with ice and frost. Station is just below the Arctic Circle. Triangulation party of Walter R. Helm
Near Hughes, Alaska 1954
5555 thumbnail picture
Small wooden stand on ridge in Mojave Desert. Station built during observations on Transcontinental Traverse work. Triangulation party of Woodrow Johnson
West of Parker, Arizona 1972
5556 thumbnail picture
Early steel gas pipe tower built by the Lake Survey.
1903
5557 thumbnail picture
The first picture of a Bilby portable steel tower under construction. Bilby towers were made of prefabricated steel parts that could be reused. These towers were designed by Jasper Bilby, chief signalman of the C&GS
Minnesota 1927
5558 thumbnail picture
The first picture of a completed Bilby tower. Bilby towers were made of prefabricated steel parts that could be reused. These towers were designed by Jasper Bilby, chief signalman of the C&GS
Minnesota 1927
5559 thumbnail picture
Using Bilby towers for hydrographic signal on the Florida coast. Built by party off of HYDROGRAPHER
West coast of Florida 1928
5560 thumbnail picture
Bonita tower in southwest Florida. Traverse party measuring distance in foreground. Party off of HYDROGRAPHER
West coast of Florida 1928
5561 thumbnail picture
A 90-foot Bilby tower wrecked by a storm. Triangulation party of Earl O. Heaton
Near Chariton, Iowa 1928
5562 thumbnail picture
Tower at Station Schnackenburg.
5563 thumbnail picture
Building Station Reid. Triangulation party of Paul A. Smith
Near Shreveport, Louisiana 1930
5564 thumbnail picture
Power source for hoisting steel. Jack up truck and use "fifth wheel". This could be dangerous - at least one leg broken by getting wrapped up. Safety modifications made to system after individual severely injured. Triangulation party of Paul A. Smith
1931
5565 thumbnail picture
Preparing to dismantle Station Village Mills South Base. Triangulation party of Paul A. Smith
Texas, Hardin County 1931
5566 thumbnail picture
Climbing the tower at Station Walting. On the Ohio-Indiana boundary. Triangulation party of H. C. Warwick
Wayne County, Indiana 1932
5567 thumbnail picture
Straightening steel - even the portable towers needed some maintenance. Triangulation party of C. D. Meaney
United States East Coast 1932
5568 thumbnail picture
A study in geometry - looking up a Bilby tower. Station South Bend, Louisiana. Triangulation Party of Eugene R. McCarthy
St. Mary Parish, Louisiana 1933
5569 thumbnail picture
50-foot Bilby tower in Nebraska or Montana. Triangulation party of Wilbur Porter
Midwestern United States 1934
5570 thumbnail picture
Looking down from the top of a 50-foot tower. Triangulation party of Wilbur Porter
Midwestern United States 1934
5571 thumbnail picture
Looking up the side of a 50-foot tower. Triangulation party of Wilbur Porter
Midwestern United States 1934
5572 thumbnail picture
Tower with observing tent to shield the instrument from the wind. Triangulation party of Wilbur Porter
Midwestern United States 1934
5573 thumbnail picture
Tower at Station Bowie.
Louisiana, Lafourche Parish, 1934
5574 thumbnail picture
Collimating the inner tower at Station Winnie. Collimation involved placing the observing instrument directly over the mark. Triangulation party of Carl I. Aslakson
Itasca County, Minnesota August 21, 1934
5575 thumbnail picture
Lightkeeper orienting lights for distant observers. Tower at Station Northome. Osborne at lights, Caouette recording, Tryon at tent. Triangulation party of Carl I. Aslakson
Minnesota, Koochiching County 1934
5576 thumbnail picture
Tower at Station Eufaula.
Alabama, Eufaula 1943
5577 thumbnail picture
Tower at Station Northome. Caouette on left, Osborn on right, Tryon observing. Triangulation party of Carl I. Aslakson
Minnesota, Koochiching County 1934
5578 thumbnail picture
Tower at Station Winnie next to firetower. Triangulation party of Carl I. Aslakson
Itasca County, Minnesota 1934
5579 thumbnail picture
Photos # 5-7 show stages in completing a 50-foot tower at Station Tatum. Photo #8 shows theodolite being transported to top of tower. Triangulation party of Wilbur Porter. Photos # 5-8 of sequence
Lea County, New Mexico February 11, 1935
5580 thumbnail picture
Station Weingard near Amarillo. Triangulation party of Wilbur Porter
Near Amarillo, Texas 1935
5581 thumbnail picture
Photos #1-4 show beginning of construction of 50-foot tower at Station Tatum. Triangulation party of Wilbur Porter. Photos 1-4 of sequence
Lea County, New Mexico 1935
5582 thumbnail picture
Observing party on 103-foot tower in Missouri. Triangulation party of Carl I. Aslakson
Missouri Ozarks 1935
5583 thumbnail picture
Station Hunter - 159 feet - one of the bigger towers. Photo #2 of sequence. Triangulation party of Kenneth Crosby
1935
5584 thumbnail picture
A 159-foot tower. Note men on top and man climbing up
1935?
5585 thumbnail picture
Building the tower at Station Hunter. Photo #1 of sequence. Triangulation party of Kenneth Crosby
1935
5586 thumbnail picture
Tower at Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz Mountains, covered with ice. Triangulation party of Lorne G. Taylor
Loma Prieta, California 1951
5587 thumbnail picture
Tower built with native timber.
Alaska 1955?
5588 thumbnail picture
Bilby tower built on oil rig south of New Orleans.
Gulf of Mexico 1955
5589 thumbnail picture
Tower at Station Whitsett destroyed by wind. Triangulation party of E. O. Heaton
Texas, Deaf Smith County 1921
5590 thumbnail picture
A rough ride down. Drove his head right into the ground. Photo #1 of sequence
5591 thumbnail picture
Ah, we're O.K. Just kidding! Photo #2 of sequence
5592 thumbnail picture
A tower with a bad day. Anchor boards pulled out
5593 thumbnail picture
Another tower with a bad day. Standing at the top (or what was the top)
5594 thumbnail picture
A 90-foot tower wrecked by a storm. Triangulation party of E. O. Heaton
Near Chariton, Iowa Summer, 1928
5595 thumbnail picture
Looking through the twisted steel of a 90-foot tower wrecked by a storm. Triangulation party of E. O. Heaton
Near Chariton, Iowa Summer, 1928
5596 thumbnail picture
Tower blown down during September 1933 hurricane. Triangulation party of Roland D. Horne
Pamlico Sound, North Carolina September, 1933
5597 thumbnail picture
Station Post on a good day. Triangulation party of Kenneth G. Crosby. Triangulation party of Kenneth G. Crosby
Hyde county, North Carolina 1935
5598 thumbnail picture
Station Post emulating the "Leaning Tower of Pisa". Leg settled badly in vicinity of ditch. Tower was rebuilt with one leg placed in center of road
Hyde County, North Carolina 1935
5599 thumbnail picture
Bilby tower failure at Station Flatlick due to tornado. Triangulation party of E. L. Jones
Kentucky, Christian County 1953

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