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

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Snow drives the party of Lieutenant Ector Latham out of the Montana high country .
Montana, 46th Parallel Survey 1934 Fall
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Floyd Risvold "O" party packing into Station Highwood.
Montana, Choteau County, Montana 1934 July
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Unpacking horse at Station Sheep. Ranger station in background.
Montana, Sheep Mountain 1934 July
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Observing party at Station Posten which is located on Poston Butte. The station name was apparently mis-spelled and stamped incorrectly. The pyramid is the fire temple of pioneer Arizona statesman Charles Poston (1852-1902) who converted to Zoroastroism. Poston is known as the Father of Arizona and is buried at this site.
Arizona, Florence 1935 January
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Observing party camp at Station Ridge. L to R Vic Smith, Floyd Risvold, Bill Husemeyer.
Arizona, Station Ridge 1934
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Camp near Wintersburg in December 1934. Looking west towards setting moon just before sunup.
Arizona, Wintersburg 1934 December
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Station Bennett on a volcanic diatreme similar to Shiprock. The station was on the shoulder of the high sharp peak as the peak itself could only have been scaled with great difficulty. Bennett Peak was named for Frank Bennett, Indian agent for the Navajos, in the late 19th Century. Party of Lieutenant Jack Johnson.
New Mexico, Near Shiprock 1934 May
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Rocky Mountain canaries (a nickname for the burros).
New Mexico 1934 February
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Station with observing tent set under a lookout tower. Several trees had to be felled to clear lines of sight from this station. Everything is relative - according to Floyd Risvold, this station was close to the road, only about a 10- mile pack.
New Mexico 1934 February?
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Somewhere in New Mexico. L to R Bill Husemeyer, Vic Smith, and ???.
New Mexico 1934 February?
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Observing tent set up at Station Bursom.
New Mexico, Near Socorro 1934 February
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A 130-foot steel Bilby tower. The largest of this particular project. Oscar Risvold, Dube Erickson, and Red Dana on top of tower.
California, Palo Alto 1932 March
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Red Dana standing on light stand at the very top of a Bilby tower.
California, San Joaquin Valley 1932 March
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Bilby tower in the San Joaquin Valley.
California, Merced County 1932 March
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Collimating a 100-foot tower over the station mark. This is basically centering the observing stand on the interior of the tower over the station mark so that angle observations are made directly over the mark.
California, Palo Alto 1932 March
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On the trail to Station Mogollon on the Mogollon Rim, a 25-mile horse pack.
New Mexico, Mogollon Rim area 1934
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On the trail to Station Mogollon on the Mogollon Rim, a 25-mile horse pack.
New Mexico, Mogollon Rim area 1934
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On the trail to Station Mogollon on the Mogollon Rim, a 25-mile horse pack.
New Mexico, Mogollon Rim area 1934
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The ranger station where the observing crew stayed overnight after observing Station Mogollon.
New Mexico, Mogollon Rim area 1934
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On the trail from Station Mogollon on the Mogollon Rim, a 25-mile horse pack. Floyd Risvold on left, rancher who supplied the horses on far right.
New Mexico, Mogollon Rim area 1934
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Clarence "Ole" Olsen, Floyd Risvold, Roy (somehow for Louisiana)?, Marvin ?, and W. C. Names.
Arizona, Florence area 1935
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Station Ripsey Hill, a short pack of a 1/4 mile from the end of truck travel. Note saguaro cactus and Spanish bayonet.
Arizona, Pinal County 1935
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Observing tent set up over station in the vicinity of San Bernardino.
California, San Bernardino area 1933-34 winter
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Station Pinnacle, 12 airline miles from San Bernardino.
California, Lake Arrowhead area 1933-34 winter
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Observing party at sunset at Station Pinnacle.
California, Lake Arrowhead area 1933-34 winter
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Observing party at Station Pinnacle. L to R Clarence Olson, Floyd Risvold, Bob Garvie.
California, Lake Arrowhead area 1933-34 winter
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Tom Sockwell and Floyd Risvold at a station in the San Joaquin Valley. Rocks anchor the stand and keep in steady even during high winds.
California, San Joaquin Valley 1931-32 winter
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Floyd Risvold at station marker on top of Mount Diablo.
California, Mount Diablo 1932
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Oscar Risvold at Station Vaca. The monument was first erected by the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1880.
California, Vaca Mountains 1931-32 winter
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Building party returning home at the end of the day's work. L to R Floyd Risvold, Tom Sockwell, Bill Husemeyer, Dube Erickson, and Red Dana.
California, San Francisco Bay area 1931-32 winter
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Station Walnut, 1 mile west of Walnut Grove and only 22 feet from the center- line of the road, was struck by an automobile and collapsed on December 7, 1931. The driver of the vehicle was killed as he attempted to leave his vehicle while the tower was collapsing.
California, Walnut Grove 1931 December 7
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Station Walnut, 1 mile west of Walnut Grove and only 22 feet from the center- line of the road, was struck by an automobile and collapsed on December 7, 1931. The driver of the vehicle was killed as he attempted to leave his vehicle while the tower was collapsing.
California, Walnut Grove 1931 December 7
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Station Walnut, 1 mile west of Walnut Grove and only 22 feet from the center- line of the road, was struck by an automobile and collapsed on December 7, 1931. The driver of the vehicle was killed as he attempted to leave his vehicle while the tower was collapsing.
California, Walnut Grove 1931 December 7
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The upper part of the Bilby tower at Station Walnut prior to being struck by a vehicle on December 7, 1931.
California, Walnut Grove 1931 December
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W. C. Names, Bill Husemeyer, and "Cowboy" Roy Bixby on the way up to Station Nevada.
Montana, Northwest of Helena 1934 July
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Passing over fallen timber on the way to Station Nevada.
Montana, Northwest of Helena 1934 July
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Passing over fallen timber on the way to Station Nevada.
Montana, Northwest of Helena 1934 July
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Cabin the observing party stayed in at Station Nevada.
Montana, Northwest of Helena 1934 July
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"Cowboy" Roy Bixby in front of a pine shelter erected by the observing party to keep dry while waiting for a clear line of sight at Station Nevada on Nevada Mountain.
Montana, Northwest of Helena 1934 July
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Clearing out downfallen timber on the trail to Mount Lolo in the Bitterroot Mountains. Bill Husemeyer with ax and W.C. Names on horse in background.
Montana, Bitterroot Mountains 1934 July
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Designated "upper lake", possibly Carlton Lake on the trail to Mt. Lolo.
Montana, Bitterroot Mountains 1934 July
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A view of Mount Lolo, location of a triangulation station.
Montana, Bitterroot Mountains 1934 July
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A view of Mount Lolo, location of a triangulation station.
Montana, Bitterroot Mountains 1934 July
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At the end of horse travel, the surveyors take over the duties of packing in the instrument and other equipment. About a 5 hour pack all total from the beginning of horse travel until reaching the 9075-foot summit of Mount Lolo.
Montana, Bitterroot Mountains 1934 July
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The day John "Red" Dana and Floyd Risvold went out to look for the building party which had not returned on time from Station Gardner. L to R Clarence Olson, Cliff Lamb, Walt Howard, Red Dana, and Dick Donaldson.l
New Mexico, Rio Grande Valley 1934 February
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End of truck travel at the ranch. Station Gardner is on the high peak in the background. This station is just south of the inhospitable sounding Deadman Canyon.
New Mexico, Rio Grande Valley 1934 February
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On the trail to Station Gardner.
New Mexico, Rio Grande Valley 1934 February
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Near Station Little Burro. Clarence Olson and a cowhand attempting to convince a stubborn horse to enter the makeshift horse trailer.
New Mexico, Rio Grande Valley 1934 February
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Near Station Little Burro. Hmmm!! Wonder if the horse won the battle. See image cgs00347.
New Mexico, Rio Grande Valley 1934 February
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A station somewhere in New Mexico.
New Mexico 1934 February

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