Ferdinand Hassler (1770-1843) First Superintendent, Founder of the Coast Survey Alexander Dallas Bache (1806-1867), Second and greatest of Superintendents Of Coast Survey
From Hassler’s modest beginnings on the eastern seaboard of the United States, the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey has built an invisible engineering wonder comprised of over 1.5 million survey points that serve as the framework for national mapping efforts, the basis of major civil engineering works, and ultimately even control private property lines.
How was this network built in the western United States?
The 39 th Parallel Survey, the first great arc of the Coast Survey 1871-- 1900
Cooking breakfast, 1914. Olympic Peninsula, Washington Shave and haircut. Oregon 1916.
1934. At last! a Holiday Inn! Maybe the rooms even had showers.
A large triangulation crew at the beginning of trailer travel. Benjamin, Texas. 1935.
Packing the horses. 1922 Montana. The way it was….
Today, NOAA's National Geodetic Survey defines and manages the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS), which provides the foundation for transportation and communication; mapping and charting; and a multitude of scientific and engineering applications.
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