David Dale Owen
Pioneer Geologist of the American Midwest
—New Harmony, Home of —
Conducted field studies in the years 1837 through 1860 that established a framework, little altered in the ensuing years, for the regional geology of the Upper Mississippi Drainage Basin. Appointed Geologist for the State of Indiana in 1837, he extended his activities to other states and territories beginning in 1839 when he was designated principal agent to explore the mineral lands of the United States in northern Illinois and in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa Territories. Studies for the State of Kentucky and Arkansas followed, and he was again State Geologist of Indiana when his life ended in 1860.
Numerous eminent geologists were associated with New Harmony. William MaClure and Gerard Troost preceded Owen there, and, of many others who worked with him or learned under his tutelage, Richard Owen and Edward T. Cox remained to contribute notably to the geological knowledge of the area.
John B. Patton
Indiana State Geologist
Erected 1980 by Eastern Section, American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Location. 38° 7.795′ N, 87° 56.109′ Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Harmony IN 47631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Harmony (here, next to this marker); New Harmony, Indiana (1814-1827) (here, next to this marker); Rappite Community House No. 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named New Harmony (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Harmony Area Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); New Harmony Workingmen's Institute (about 400 feet away); In Perfect Harmony (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maclure Park Bandstand (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Harmony.
Also see . . .
1. David Dale Owen Bio. (Submitted on July 27, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. "David Dale Owen and Indiana's First Geological Survey" (1940 article). (Submitted on July 27, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. "Death of David Dale Owen," in Scientific America (1860). (Submitted on July 27, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. Historic New Harmony, Indiana. (Submitted on July 27, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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