Robert T. Hill

Born Aug 11, 1858

Robert Thomas Hill was a significant figure in the development of American geology during the late nineteenth century and in the early part of the twentieth century. As a pioneer Texas geologist, Hill discovered and named the Comanche Series of the Lower Cretaceous, and was a lifelong student of the structure and stratigraphy of the Cretaceous deposits of Central Texas and neighboring regions. Robert Thomas Hill was born on 11 August 1858 in Nashville, Tennessee.… Read More

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1858 Birth Robert T. Hill was born on 11 August 1858 in Nashville, Tennessee. … Read More


1874 15 Years Old In 1874, at the age of 16, Hill boarded a train and traveled to where the tracks ended in east Waco, Texas. … Read More
1876 17 Years Old During the summer of 1876, Hill joined a survey crew headed to the rolling plains between the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado and Fort Griffin, Texas. … Read More
1877 18 Years Old In 1877, at the age of 19, Hill accepted an offer to work as a cowboy driving a large herd of cattle from Uvalde, Texas, to Dodge City, Kansas. … Read More


1882 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In February 1882, Hill left Comanche for Ithaca, New York, to study geology at Cornell.
1885 26 Years Old Powell hired Hill in 1885 to work at the National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. After a year of being assigned menial tasks such as the preparation of the Survey’s fossil collections, Hill was assigned to a three-month field season in his beloved Texas, a period that would provide an opportunity to revisit the Cretaceous deposits of west-central Texas. … Read More
1887 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1887, Hill published a 95-page report titled The Present Condition of Knowledge of the Geology of Texas. … Read More
1888 29 Years Old In 1888, Hill was invited to fill a newly formed chair of geology at the University of Texas at Austin. … Read More


1890 31 Years Old However, it was not to last as Hill returned to Washington and the United States Geological Survey and began an appointment with the Artesian and Underflow Investigation in 1890. … Read More


1899 40 Years Old In October 1899, Hill led a six-man expedition to explore and document the canyons of the Rio Grande. … Read More
1902 43 Years Old Near the turn of the century Hill conducted studies in the West Indies and the Isthmus of Panama, areas he considered fundamental to understanding the geological evolution of North America. In 1902, following the eruption of Mont Pelée, Hill joined the relief expedition to Martinique that sailed on U.S.S. Dixie. … Read More


1921 62 Years Old In 1921, Hill provided expert testimony in the boundary dispute case between Oklahoma and Texas. … Read More
1941 83 Years Old Died on July 20, 1941.
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