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    Re: Coast Survey History
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2006 Feb 10, 11:48 -0800

    Fred Hebard wrote:
    > I believe Paul Hirose posted a link to a very nice history of the
    > coast survey a few years ago, explaining in detail how they went
    > about their work.  I wonder if anybody has a link to that?
    
    Try the NOAA history site:
    
    http://www.history.noaa.gov/
    
    Don't overlook the photo gallery.
    http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/c&gs/index.html
    
    It leads to a large collection of interesting images. One of my
    favorites is this shot from the famous Pasadena Baseline project of
    1923. A small house sits across the baseline, so the surveyors run their
    Invar tape in one window and out the other as 3 children look on:
    http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/c&gs/theb1661.htm
    
    This covers the Coast Survey to 1867 in considerable depth:
    http://www.lib.noaa.gov/edocs/CONTENTS.htm
    
    Retired C&GS surveyor Joe Dracup has done an nice writeup of geodetic
    surveys in the U.S. from 1807 to the 1990:
    http://www.history.noaa.gov/stories_tales/geodetic1.html
    
    Historic C&GS annual reports are online in the NOAA Library (choose from
    the drop-down list). These reports are rather large PDFs.
    http://www.lib.noaa.gov/
    
    Also, there's a link to their historical chart and map collection on the
    same page.
    
    All those links can be reached from the first one I gave, but I
    recommend creating a separate bookmark in your browser for anything
    interesting you come across. Some of the routes to reach these things
    are non-obvious, and you can go nuts a few months from now trying to
    find that page you remember seeing. Take it from one who keeps learning
    that the hard way!
    
    
    

       
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