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Near Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The United States Topographical Engineers in the High Plains of Texas

 
 
The United States Topographical Engineers in the High Plains of Texas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2015
1. The United States Topographical Engineers in the High Plains of Texas Marker
Inscription.
  This region and much of western America was mapped under adversity, as territory held by hostile Indians. With the dual aims of compiling scientific data and opening the way for settlers, U.S. Army topographers covered ground earlier traversed by conquistadors and mountain men. Earlier travelers mentioned their experiences. The topographers mapped the terrain.
  The United States Army Topographical Corps from 1838 to 1863 consisted of 36 officers. Barometer, compass, sextant, and pencil were their instruments for handling data on climate, geographical features, soil, feasible routes for wagons or railroads, and sites for towns and industrial developments.
  Three topographical parties investigated the land that is now Potter County: Lt. James W. Abert invaded this Indian region in 1845 to survey environs of the Canadian and other rivers; Lt. James H. Simpson in 1849 reconnoitered a proposed railroad route from Fort Smith to Santa Fe; Lt. Amiel W. Whipple in 1853 mapped another railroad route from the Mississippi to the Pacific. The United States owes great honor to these and other topographers.
 
Erected 1973 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5609.)
 
Location. 35° 27.322′ N, 101° 
The view south on US 87 towards Amarillo. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2015
2. The view south on US 87 towards Amarillo.
52.193′ W. Marker is near Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is on U.S. 87 one mile south of Canadian River Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located 1.2 miles south of the Canadian River. Marker is in this post office area: Amarillo TX 79108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The _X (LX) First Ranch in Potter County (here, next to this marker); First Cemetery in Potter County (approx. 1.7 miles away); Masterson (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. scientific topics; Exploration and expeditions; geology
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
View of scrubland behind markers. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2015
3. View of scrubland behind markers.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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