The map was gifted in memory of two Armstrong County individuals, Harry R. Wood and Chester B. Hales. Helping to unveil the map on June 10 was Tripp Tyree, great-grandson of Harry Wood.
Mr. Wood was born at home on the family place south of Claude. He was well known for farming and ranching and last raised registered long-horn cattle. Mr. Hales was originally from Canyon but moved with his family to Claude where he graduated from high school. His business was well known for antiques and other collectibles.
The Soil Map was authorized by law through the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to survey soil types in the 25,740 square miles in the 26 counties of the Panhandle. It is a useful tool for educators and students in research. The map showed an important section of the state which was rapidly being developed and populated by 1909.Survey teams worked two years to identify characteristics of the soils and adaptability for future development.