This instrument has a counter attached to the axle instead of the customary dial. The box behind the wheel can be used to hold supplies. The U. S. Geological Survey was established in 1879, and transferred this instrument to the Smithsonian in 1907.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
late nineteenth century
overall: waywiser: 32 in x 63 in x 21 in; 81.28 cm x 160.02 cm x 53.34 cm
overall: rod: 1 5/8 in x 27 1/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 4.1275 cm x 69.215 cm x 4.1275 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
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Surveying and Geodesy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Transfer from U.S. Geological Survey
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