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Testimony or Trickery
Restoring a lost or obliterated section or quarter corner to its former location by testimony is less common today than it was in the decades after the public land surveys were first completed. A surveyor can, upon sworn testimony from a reliable witness, reestablish a...
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Explorers, Surveyors and Mappers
For many years, Washington surveyor Denny DeMeyer has included Rudyard Kipling's nudging admonition as a tagline on his e-mail messages. Curious, I asked him where the quote came from. "When very young," he told me, "I remember reading a book about the...
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Everything is Somewhere: World's Oldest Map
Maps are older than writing and are possibly older than language; certainly it is easier to picture an Australopithecine gent scratching an arrow in the dust, pointing to good hunting grounds, than it is to imagine him giving clear verbal directions - the latter is not so common even today. And most....
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An Analysis of GLO Surveys using GPS and GIS
Sheboygan County Wisconsin includes twelve complete survey townships. Four additional survey townships along the county's east border are made fractional by Lake Michigan. Excepting the missing parts of the fractional townships, the county is four townships by four townships...
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Historical Meridian Stones on Nantucket & Elsewhere
The pair of marble obelisks located in downtown Nantucket and known as "Meridian Stones" is probably the most enigmatic historical monument on Nantucket. The inscriptions engraved on them state: "Northern (Southern) Extremity of the Town's Meridian...
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Seth Pease 1764-1819
Seth Pease (1764-1819), a native of Connecticut, who trained not only as a surveyor but also as an astronomer, played a significant role in the division and settling of the lands that became public domain after the end of the American Revolution. He surveyed first in...
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Missouri/Iowa Boundary Line Investigation
The Missouri DNR's Land Survey Program recently selected Midland Surveying Inc. and affiliate Company Midland GIS Solutions of Maryville and St. Joseph, Missouri to perform a boundary line investigation, monumentation search and perpetuation of existing monuments along...
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First Guide Meridian East
As far as significant monuments go, the GLO limestone located at the First Guide Meridian East with the intersection of the Kansas and Nebraska border ranks very high in significance for those two states. Its importance, however, had largely been lost with the passing of...
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Fabric of Surveying: Surveying in the Former Kingdom of Hawaii
What is now the 50th State was once the Kingdom of Hawaii. Archaeological studies reveal that the Hawaiian islands have been inhabited since about 400 A.D., having been populated by migrating Polynesians from the western Pacific Ocean. After centuries of...
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Seth Pease 1764-1819 - Part 1
Seth Pease (1764-1819) was among the most distinguished of the early American surveyors, for he had the additional skills of a professional astronomer as well as a surveyor. Born in 1764 in Suffield, Connecticut, he was the fifth of the eleven children of the shoemaker...
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A Gift from George Washington
George Washington's activities as a plantation owner, military superior and statesman are well documented, however, little is known about George Washington the surveyor. George's father, Augustine Washington, died in 1743 when...
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Mapping and Charting for the Greatest Collaborative Project Ever
On the cold grey morning of the 6th of June 1944 the greatest armada that the world has ever seen slowly plowed its way toward the heavily defended beaches of Normandy. Known universally as D-Day, Operation Overlord, as it was then called, was an event that..."
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Thought Leader: Land is Too Important to Be Left to Land Specialists
A while back I was searching the Internet for an old treatise on land titles. A Google query yielded a book published in 1914. The author was Charles Claudius Kagey and the book was titled "Land Survey and Land Titles, a book for boys and girls, a reference volume for property owners, a text ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Wacker vs. Price - Irony in Sevenfold
This month's case takes us to Phoenix, Arizona in 1950. The Arizona Supreme Court went all guns-a-blazin' in Wacker vs. Price (216 P.2d 707 (Ariz. 1950)). Maybe it's just me, but I'm sensing plenty of irony and have taken license to point it out along the way. I like what the Court did with this case ....
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Allen E. Cheves 
Around the Bend - A Visit to Carlson Software
The Ohio River is one of America's greatest, running near 1,000 miles between Pittsburgh and the Mighty Mississippi. Much of the coal and other products that fueled our nation's industrial expansion flowed between the shores of this maritime ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Surveying & Mapping Economics Part 3 - Customers & Services
This article continues an inquiry into the economic conditions of the Surveying and Mapping industry (NAICS 541370) using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This time we will look at customers and services. The data comes from the Economic Census conducted every 5 years on American ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
True Elevation: Black Elk Peak
Black Elk Peak, located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, is the state's highest natural point. It is frequently referred to as the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Two other peaks, Guadalupe Peak in Texas and ....
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Larry Trojak 
Bringing The Goods - Mobile Scanning an Integral Component
When Jim Smith, Jerrad Burns and Charlie Patton left the Memphis division of a major construction company in 2015, they took with them the knowledge of how to get even the most complex jobs done and what equipment could best serve them in making that happen. So when they joined West ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Test Yourself 41: Integers, Integers, and Integers
ABF is a 5:12:13 triangle, ACF is a 48:55:73 triangle, ADF is a 3:4:5 triangle, and AEF is a 7:24:25 triangle, all with integer sides and inscribed in a semi-circle. What are the lengths of BC, CD, and DE? ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Sunset or Sunrise?
While we often think of legislated government programs as static, they do change over time. Such evolution and opportunity for transformation are part of the dialogue in reauthorizing these programs. Every so many years there is a sunset on each government program, and this September is the ....
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