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Americana - U.S. Surveying History - Nebraska

Limited Edition Signed, Numbered Prints of Surveying the Sandhills in 1904, from original oil painting by Mel Gerhold.

"On July 1, 1901, seven Forestry students met in Kearney, NE, to begin a reconnaissance survey of the Sandhills and Western Nebraska to determine the feasibility of planting trees in the sandhills. They purchased a covered wagon, grub box, mules, saddle horses, camping equipment and food; then traveled westerly up the Platte and North Platte River Valleys, observing the location and size of Pine and Cedar trees. . . ."

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Surveying the Sandhills in 1904 by Mel Gerhold, Art Print

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Limited edition of 1000 new full-color commercial lithograph art prints on heavy archival paper. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist. Original painting is based on a 1902 photograph from the Rollin C. Curd Collection. Stored in smoke-free environment. Shipping to U.S. addresses is nominal $1.00.

The painting offers a typical view of a surveyor at work following the opening of the Sandhills to homesteaders by the Kinkaid Act of 1904. The surveyor is operating a compass and waving his hat to give line for chainmen.

The scene is taken from a photograph of a  survey crew measuring forest boundaries in the Nebraska Sandhills in 1902. They were preparing for the manual planting of a national forest near Halsey, Nebraska. The surveyor depicted in the painting is Louis C. Miller from Stillwater, Oklahoma. A synopsis of the story behind the painting is enclosed with each print. To learn more, click here:

Image size: 11 1/2″ by 16″. Framing size with border: 16″ by 20″.

Shipped in heavy envelope or map tube.

Please note: Mats not included.

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