New Harmony: 19th Century Center of Culture and Science (HI-09)
David Dale Owen, Robert Owen's son, made the first geologic reconnaissance of Indiana in 1837-38. In 1839, the Federal Government appointed him principal agent of the U.S. Land Office in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Using his laboratory in New Harmony as headquarters, he later conducted detailed geologic reconnaissance for those states and for Kentucky and Arkansas. Owen's early work was the forerunner of geologic research done by the U.S. Geological Survey after it was organized in 1879.
Our Hoosier State Beneath Us: Historical