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

2300 thumbnail picture
Sitting amidst the remnants of a 200 million year old forest. Note the high boots and snake guards. Rattlesnakes are an ever present danger in many parts of the western states.
Arizona 1920 summer
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Traversing parts of the then Petrified Forest National Monument.
Arizona 1920 summer
2302 thumbnail picture
Sitting on 200 million years of geological history.
Arizona 1920 summer
2303 thumbnail picture
High targets used as visual signals for offshore hydrographic survey operations on a low stretch of coastline.
Virginia 1919
2304 thumbnail picture
High targets used as visual signals for offshore hydrographic survey operations on a low stretch of coastline.
Virginia 1919
2305 thumbnail picture
High targets used as visual signals for offshore hydrographic survey operations on a low stretch of coastline.
Virginia 1919
2306 thumbnail picture
High targets used as visual signals for offshore hydrographic survey operations on a low stretch of coastline.
Virginia 1919
2307 thumbnail picture
High targets used as visual signals for offshore hydrographic survey operations on a low stretch of coastline.
Virginia 1919
2308 thumbnail picture
High targets used as visual signals for offshore hydrographic survey operations on a low stretch of coastline.
Virginia 1919
2309 thumbnail picture
High targets used as visual signals for offshore hydrographic survey operations on a low stretch of coastline.
Virginia 1919
2310 thumbnail picture
High targets used as visual signals for offshore hydrographic survey operations on a low stretch of coastline.
Virginia 1919
2311 thumbnail picture
High targets used as visual signals for offshore hydrographic survey operations on a low stretch of coastline.
Virginia 1919
2312 thumbnail picture
Deploying a radio acoustic ranging buoy off the bow of the Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship SURVEYOR.
Alaska 1939
2313 thumbnail picture
Deploying a radio acoustic ranging buoy off the bow of the Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship SURVEYOR.
Alaska 1939
2314 thumbnail picture
Observing tower built of native timber in the Philippine Islands. A tree trunk is used as the inner instrument supportin tower while the outer tower will support the observer and recorder.
Philippine Islands
2315 thumbnail picture
Level party of W. H. Burger conducting operations along a railroad track in Alabama.
Alabama
2316 thumbnail picture
Level party in operation under William H. Burger. It was common practice to run level lines along existing railroad tracks.
Alabama 1901
2317 thumbnail picture
Hindsight being accomplished the rear rodman is walking forward while the instrument man sights on the forward level rod.
1901
2318 thumbnail picture
Hack or wagon used on cross-country level line near Wheaton, Tennessee.
1900
2319 thumbnail picture
The level line was run around bends, through tunnels, and over trestles. The latter two are particularly dangerous and difficult for leveling operations.
1900
2320 thumbnail picture
Puff, puff, puff. Chug, chug, chug. I think I can, I think I can. In spite of the romance of railroads, running level lines across long trestles such as seen here was extremely dangerous as seen by the approaching train.
2321 thumbnail picture
Rodman holding rod on temporary bench mark which was a nail in a stake.
2322 thumbnail picture
Level rod holding on pin driven in ballast to the point where it was secure and not moving.
2323 thumbnail picture
45-foot survey tower erected for party of W. B. Fairfield for triangulation work in South Carolina and Georgia. Note the tower within a tower.
2324 thumbnail picture
The first Lake Survey gas-pipe observing tower built near Detour, Michigan, at the west end of Lake Huron.
1903
2325 thumbnail picture
The view from Round Top in the Sierra Nevada looking to the east over a jumble of mountain ranges in the Basin and Range Province. This was the location of William Eimbeck's great life work of surveying the 39th Parallel across the Great Basin from Round Top to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
California, Sierra Nevada, Round Top
2326 thumbnail picture
Tower at Island triangulation station. Total height to top of tower is 152 feet.
Minnesota 1905
2327 thumbnail picture
Observing tower at Station Pen in Washington state. The tower was built around a tree trunk which was stripped of branches. The tree trunk served as the instrument stand. Observer was J. S. Hill, Chief of Party O. B. French.
Washington state
2328 thumbnail picture
Signal pole with acetylene lamps that could be raised to heights of 40 to 60 feet by means of pulleys.
1906
2329 thumbnail picture
Dual purpose reconnaissance tower and/or aiding in the construction of larger observing towers.
1905 circa
2330 thumbnail picture
1868 view of Cape Foulweather, Oregon, as painted by A. W. Chase, Assistant in the Coast Survey.
Oregon, Cape Foulweather 1868
2331 thumbnail picture
Aerial photographic mosaic of Washington, D.C. produced by the School of Aerial Photographic Reconnaissance, based out of Langley Field at Hampton, Virginia.
Washington, D.C. 1918 August
2332 thumbnail picture
Photo mosaic of Washington, D.C., made by Aerial Photo Section No. 3 of the U. S. Army Air Service. A composite of 215 photos made at 10,000 feet altitude.
Washington, D.C. 1922 September
2333 thumbnail picture
Jasper Bilby, Chief Signalman, dining in the field.
1926
2334 thumbnail picture
Jasper Bilby, Chief Signalman, cooking dinner in the field.
1926
2335 thumbnail picture
Jasper Bilby, Chief Signalman, listening to concert on radio while working on field notes.
1926
2336 thumbnail picture
Jasper Bilby at twenty years old when he entered on duty with the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
1884
2337 thumbnail picture
Jasper Bilby, Chief Signalman, with local citizens who came to hear his camp radio.
1926
2338 thumbnail picture
Jasper Bilby on top of rock during field reconnaissance for triangulation scheme.
2339 thumbnail picture
Jasper Bilby in light reconnaissance buggy with instruments.
2340 thumbnail picture
Tide staff maintenance. The bottom is in need of cleaning as it became coated with algae.
2341 thumbnail picture
Early digital tide record scanning machine.
2342 thumbnail picture
Early digital tide record scanning machine.
2343 thumbnail picture
Early digital tide record scanning machine.
2344 thumbnail picture
Tide record positioned for digitizing.
2345 thumbnail picture
Using plane table for positioning bench marks. Lieutenant Ray Jackson on plane table; Tom Orlowski who became head of East Coast field operations recording on left.
2346 thumbnail picture
Face of tide gauge clock.
2347 thumbnail picture
Automatic tide gauge analog recording drum.
1964
2348 thumbnail picture
Automatic tide gauge analog recording drum.
1964
2349 thumbnail picture
Automatic tide gauge analog recording drum.
1964

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