Odometer Recording Distances Used on Hayden Survey

ID: 32113-B or MAH-32113B

Creator: Jackson, William Henry 1843-1942

Form/Genre: Pictorial works

Date: 1872

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 311, Box 11, Folder: 1

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A man sits astride a mule pulling a cart with an odometer used to record the distances, run by Mr. Goodfellow, 1872. The odometer, made by attaching a pair of shafts to the fore wheels of an ambulance, to the spokes of which were attached the instruments that recorded their revolutions and measured the surface of the country over which it passed. These were the first wheels that were ever taken into this little-known region, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. During the Yellowstone expeditions led by Ferdinand V. Hayden, mules not only carried packs but pulled wagons and even odometers which measured distance for mapmakers. Collections from the expedition were given to the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Hayden Survey
  • Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (U.S.)
  • Geological Survey (U.S.)
  • United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, 1871-1877


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Used in Holmes ' 'Random Records of a Lifetime Devoted to Science and Art, 1846-1929', Vol.III, page 42. See also "Hayden and His Men", a selection of 108 photographs by Willliam Henry Jackson, plate 20, compiled by Frank Chambers.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 311, Box 11, Folder: 1

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  • Discovery and exploration
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Landscapes
  • Animals
  • Public lands
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Transportation
  • Geological mapping
  • Expeditions
  • Odometer
  • Surveying
  • Animals--Transportation
  • Surveying--Public lands


  • United States
  • West (U.S.)


  • Pictorial works
  • Photographic print
  • Landscape
  • Person, candid

ID Number

32113-B or MAH-32113B

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 4 3/4 x 7 3/4; Type of Image: Landscape; Person, Candid; Medium: Photographic print

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