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HURD, Walter

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HURD, Walter. (Dubuque, IA-- ). Hurd left his law practice in Dubuque in June, 1904 and joined the Isthmian Canal Commission as part of a survey crew charged with laying out the boundaries of the Panama Canal Zone. He returned in 1914 after a chocolate plantation he was managing closed when ships used to transport chocolate were taken over for war service.

Hurd brought many artifacts home from his travels. Some were given to friends while others were given to the COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF HISTORY, ART, AND SCIENCE. In the ruins of a burned church, Hurd discovered a solid silver mask apparently overlooked by the pirate Henry Morgan when he ransacked the city of Cruces in 1681.