David Dale Owen's Survey, 1849, Part II

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The field book documents Fielding Meek's participation in David Dale Owen's Survey, 1848-1849, which covered the states of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Front of notebook has short notes about the trip including the name of their American Indian guide, American Indian names of rivers, cross sections of strata with detailed notes, and table for dates June 25 - July 14 (lists time, temperature, WB, wind, clouds, direction and location). Journal entries follow. They are listed by date, and detail daily activities, efforts to travel rivers to observe extent of beds of limestone and sandstone, interactions of survey participants and locals. Meek includes distances traveled and descriptions of types of stone, strata, and fossils found (trilobites mentioned). Locations include Yellow River, Saint Croix River, Namekagon, Snake River, Lac Pokegama, Knife River and Lac Traverse. Back of the book includes notes about trilobites, sketches, hand drawn maps, list of expenses.

Date Range


Start Date

Jun 25, 1849

End Date

Jul 14, 1849

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  • Keokuk
  • Iowa
  • Lac Traverse
  • Saint Croix River
  • United States
  • Namekagon
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007062

Collection name

Fielding B. Meek Papers, 1843-1877 and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 10 Folder 4