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Lithograph of bird species "Centurus uropygialis"

Lithograph of bird species "Centurus uropygialis"

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This lithograph of “Centurus uropygialis [Baird]”, now "Melanerpes uropygialis" or the Gila woodpecker, was drawn by an unknown artist. It was printed as Plate XXXVI in the zoological report of volume X of Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, “Report of Exploration for a Railway Route (near the thirty–fifth Parallel of North Latitude) from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, by Lieutenant A. W. Whipple, Corps of Topographical Engineers; assisted by Lieutenant J.C. Ives, Corps of Topographical Engineers.” Though the zoological report was ready in 1853–1854, the volume was not printed until 1859 by A.O.P. Nicholson in Washington, D.C.
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Object Name
Object Type
Hand-Color Lithograph
Hand-Color Lithograph
date of book publication
Whipple, Amiel Weeks
Ives, Joseph Christmas
original artist
Kennerley, Caleb Burwell Rowan
graphic artist
Bowen & Co.
U.S. War Department
Nicholson, A. O. P.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Command
original artist
Mollhausen, H. B.
location of book publication
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 18.8 cm x 24.5 cm; 7 3/8 in x 9 5/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Transcontinental Railroad
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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