Alligator Mess, Hayden Survey

ID: SIA RU007177 [SIA2018-111379]

Creator: Jackson, William Henry 1843-1942

Form/Genre: Photographs

Date: 1871

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7177, Box 14, Image No. SIA2018-111379

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This image was taken as part of the Hayden Survey of western Wyoming and Colorado, which later led to the formation of the U.S. Geological Surveys of the Territories within the Department of the Interior. William Henry Jackson, then a budding photographer, took thousands of photographs for the Hayden Survey, most notably the first images of the headwaters of the Yellowstone River. Pictured is the survey group gathered around a table. Four of the men are numbered, with corresponding names in the caption below the image: 1. John Raymond, Cook; 2. Campbell Carrington; 3. Mr. Dixon; 4. William Logan.


  • Raymond, John
  • Carrington, E. Campbell
  • Dixon, George B
  • Logan, William B
  • Hayden, F. V (Ferdinand Vandeveer) 1829-1887
  • Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (U.S.)


  • See also number SPI_1490
  • See also number 87-1884

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7177, Box 14, Image No. SIA2018-111379

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Geology


  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • Yellowstone River



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SIA RU007177 [SIA2018-111379]

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Albumen prints

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