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

150 thumbnail picture
Clearing lines-of-sight at triangulation station. The large notch was cut and a a cross cut saw was used to make this large pine fall forward. L to R Winnie Pierce and Floyd Risvold working the saw.
California, Big Sur area 1932
151 thumbnail picture
Roy Bixby and the building party pack train. Probably in Palo Colorado Canyon, southernmost stand of redwood trees in California.
California, Big Sur area 1932
152 thumbnail picture
Lieutenants Charles Pierce and William Tucker setting up at Station Algers in the Big Sur area of the California coast.
California, Monterey 1932
153 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant William R. Tucker at Monterey.
California, Monterey 1932 June 26
154 thumbnail picture
The setup at Station Mount Manuel. Lieutenants Pierce and Tucker waiting for the fog to lift so they could conduct observations.
California, Big Sur area
155 thumbnail picture
On the way up to Station Mount Manuel with fog filling the valley below.
California, Big Sur area
156 thumbnail picture
The Big Sur coastline. Rocky beaches and mountains coming straight down to the ocean.
California, Big Sur area
157 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant Charles Pierce coming down from triangulation Station Brazil.
California, Big Sur area
158 thumbnail picture
A prison labor camp. Convicts from Folsom Prison were used to build Highway 1 between Pfeiffer, Big Sur, and San Simeon. The camps were fenced in and under guard. There was a north and south camp. We had our camp inside the enclosures.
California, Big Sur area
159 thumbnail picture
California Coast Highway 1 under construction. This is one of the great construction projects accomplished during the Depression years.
California, Big Sur area
160 thumbnail picture
A Coast Surveyor packing down the under construction California Coast Highway 1.
California, Big Sur area
161 thumbnail picture
The pilot shovel breaking trail for the larger equipment to follow along California Highway 1.
California, Big Sur area
162 thumbnail picture
Bixby Canyon Bridge under construction on California Coast Highway 1. After completion, this bridge is now one of the most beautiful bridges in the United States.
California, Big Sur area
163 thumbnail picture
Station Molera south of Point Sur. Lieutenant Charles Pierce is trying in vain to set up an observation tent in order to protect the instrument from the wind. The next day the party erected a windbreak. The wind was very strong at Point Sur and blowing so hard it was almost impossible to stand up. Many days the wind is like this in this area.
California, Big Sur area
164 thumbnail picture
Point Sur is connected to the mainland by a sandy beach. As seen from the vicinity of Station Molera.
California, Big Sur area
165 thumbnail picture
Another view of Point Sur.
California, Big Sur area
166 thumbnail picture
Floyd Risvold dressed up in Cowboy Roy Bixby's hat and wool chaps. This was at the survey party's first camp at Big Sur.
California, Big Sur area
167 thumbnail picture
The wind break erected at Station Molera to allow finishing the observing tent.
California, Big Sur area
168 thumbnail picture
Dining on the saddle below triangulation station Pico Blanco. L to R Silk Hat Harry, Lieutenant Charles Pierce, Cowboy Roy, and Lieutenant William Tucker.
California, Big Sur area 1932
169 thumbnail picture
Lieutenants Charles Pierce and William Tucker at Station Pico Blanco.
California, Big Sur area 1932
170 thumbnail picture
Lieutenants Charles Pierce and William Tucker on the way to Pico Blanco.
California, Big Sur area 1932
171 thumbnail picture
Cowboy Roy, the wrangler, holding an umbrella to shade the instrument for Lieutenant Charles Pierce at Station Pico Blanco. Pierce observing, Tucker recording angle observations. Mule taking it easy.
California, Big Sur area 1932
172 thumbnail picture
Triangulation station Pico Blanco seen in the distance. It was a 6 1/2 hour climb to the station.
California, Big Sur area 1932
173 thumbnail picture
Floyd Risvold at Station Pico Blanco.
California, Big Sur area 1932
174 thumbnail picture
On the way down from Station Pico Blanco. Cowboy Roy leading the mule carrying the theodolite.
California, Big Sur area 1932
175 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant William Tucker and a pack mule at Station Pico Blanco.
California, Big Sur area 1932
176 thumbnail picture
Packing into a station in the Santa Lucia Mountains south of Monterey. Cowboy Bixby leading the mule with Lieutenant Charles Peirce following.
California, Big Sur area
177 thumbnail picture
The objective - a triangulation station is located on this high peak in the Santa Lucia Mountains.
California, Big Sur area
178 thumbnail picture
Lieutenants Charles Pierce and William Tucker checking the results of triangulation observations.
California, Big Sur area
179 thumbnail picture
Triangulation station on a rock south of Monterey.
California, Big Sur area
180 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant Charles Pierce recording on a guano covered rock off the Big Sur coastline. The netting covering his head is to keep off the flies that covered the rock.
California, Big Sur area
181 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant William Tucker observing at an offshore triangulation station south of Monterey.
California, Big Sur area
182 thumbnail picture
A triangulation station just south of Hearst Castle.
California, San Simeon
183 thumbnail picture
A view of Hearst Castle.
San Simeon, California
184 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant Charles and Marion Pierce at an observing platform in southern California shortly after they were married.
San Simeon, California
185 thumbnail picture
Observing stand and platform in use during triangulation operations. Lieutenant Charles Pierce is observing, George Blair recording, and Floyd Risvold reading the "B" mike.
California coastline
186 thumbnail picture
Building a wooden triangulation observing platform. The instrument stand is built first.
San Simeon, California
187 thumbnail picture
An instrument stand with observer's platform built around the instrument stand and signal placed for visibility from other triangulation stations.
California coastline
188 thumbnail picture
The observer's platform is being built around the instrument stand.
California coastline
189 thumbnail picture
The instrument stand being placed over the mark.
California coastline
190 thumbnail picture
Jack Bachtel leading a mule down from a triangulation station in the Santa Lucia Mountains south of Monterey. This was the first station ever observed by Floyd Risvold.
California, Santa Lucia Mountains
191 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant Charles Pierce getting his bearings on the way to a triangulation station in the Santa Lucia Mountains.
California, Santa Lucia Mountains
192 thumbnail picture
George Blair setting up for triangulation observations somewhere on the Big Sur coastline.
California coastline
193 thumbnail picture
Departing from station on Morro Rock in Morro Bay. Taking the boat for a walk to get back to shore at low tide.
California, Morro Bay
194 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant Charles Pierce, chief of party, proceeding to triangulation station on top of Morro Rock. At high tide it was only a foot or two deep.
California, Morro Bay
195 thumbnail picture
An offshore triangulation station location. The white is bird guano.
California coastline
196 thumbnail picture
Jack Bachtel waiting for the boat to pick him up from an offshore triangulation station.
California coastline
197 thumbnail picture
In southern California there were many stations on offshore rocks. An observing party is leaving a station with Lieutenant Charles Pierce in the boat and Ensign William Tucker waiting to jump on board.
California coastline
198 thumbnail picture
Floyd Risvold and Lieutenant William Tucker packing into a station south of Monterey.
California, Santa Lucia Mountains
199 thumbnail picture
Station on the sand dunes on the southern California coast.
California, Southern

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