Olney in Richland County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Robert Ridgway and “Bird Haven”
Ridgway published extensively in his field and related areas from 1869 to 1929. His experience with the problems of color and color description in bird portraits resulted in a work entitled Color Standards and Color Nomenclature which proved valuable in many fields besides ornithology. He also wrote an authoritative eight-volume study of the birds of North and Middle America.
In 1916 Ridgway retired to Olney to continue his research at his home which he called Larchmound. He developed an eighteen-acre tract nearby called Bird Haven as bird sanctuary and experimental area for the cultivation of trees and plants not native to the region. He died at Olney on March 25, 1929. Bird Haven with its variety
Erected 1987 by Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Location. 38° 42.954′ N, 88° 4.511′ W. Marker is in Olney, Illinois, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South East Street and U.S. 50, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at a roadside rest area accessed from South East Street. Marker is in this post office area: Olney IL 62450, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1950 Census Population Center (approx. 8.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Robert Ridgway - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 25, 2016.)
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