Edward Travers Cox: Indiana State Geologist (1869-79) (PE-02)
When the Indiana General Assembly established the Geological Survey of Indiana as a full-time state organization in 1869, Governor Conrad Baker appointed Edward Travers Cox of New Harmony to be State Geologist and Director of the Survey. Mr. Cox had been a chemical and geologic assitant to David Dale Owen during surveys for the U.S. Government of the upper Mississippi Valley and surveys for Kentucky and Arkansas.

Cox's principal contribution to Indiana was establishing a sound and continuing geology program. The annual reports issued during his 10 years in office covered the mineral resources recognized at that time and offered the first specific information designed to encourage development and to attract industry to the state. He later did geologic fieldwork in Mexico, Arizona, West Virginia, Kansas, and Florida.

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