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W. F. Cummins (1840-1931)

Most often figured as the mule-riding geologist member of the Dumble Survey.

Rode with the Bible in one saddle-bag and a copy of Darwin's "Origin of Species" in the other. He still preached when not collecting fossils.

Worked extensively in the Permian red beds of northern Texas.

From a 1916 photograph by Wallace Bostick , in Ferguson, 1981, courtesy BEG. The lower image was taken in 1921 courtesy UTDGS

 

W. F. Cummins 1840-1931
W.F. Cummins

Cummins and assistant, 1921

 

 

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