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Posted on May 16th, 2014

The Iowa Geological Survey (IGS) has a long and illustrious history in the state, beginning in 1855, when legislation proposed by Governor James W. Grimes provided for a geological survey of the state, which was led by State Geologist James Hall. It was the start of great things for the state of Iowa, with its […]

History: 1947–90

Posted on May 13th, 2014

In 1947, H. Garland Hershey succeeded Trowbridge, with whom he had served as assistant state geologist beginning in 1939. This was also the watershed year in which the director of the Geological Survey and the chair of the Department of Geology were separated into two full-time positions. Today the Geological Survey and the Department of […]

History: 1892–1947

Posted on May 13th, 2014

A permanent geological survey, as a separate agency of state government, was established in 1892. In accordance with legislative provisions, a Geological Board was also established to govern the broad administrative policies of the survey and to appoint the state geologist. (This board was dissolved in December 1980, and the state geologist is now appointed […]