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History of Land Surveying - USA

History of Land Surveying USA Group is a place to share Historical Articles, discussions, and trivia related to the history and development of land surveying in The United States

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Started by DAVID C. GARCELON. Last reply by Jaybird Aug 22, 2015. 1 Reply

Did you know the first six instruments made by C.L. Berger did not have serial numbers (4 transits, a dumpy level and a wye level) and Berger's first two instruments he made were a No. II Transit and…Read more →

Subject Tags: history, instruments, CLBerger

Surveyor and Conveyancer

Started by Ronald B Blauch. Last reply by Ronald B Blauch Jun 19, 2014. 4 Replies

I have an old tin sign in my collection that states "Surveyor and Conveyancer".  I have assumed all along that the term "Conveyancer" meant that the business handled land transaction closings in some…Read more →

Subject Tags: conveyancer


Started by DAVID C. GARCELON. Last reply by Jaybird Jul 14, 2013. 2 Replies

I would like to share some of my perspective on…Read more →

Subject Tags: surveying, 1600s, surveyors, history, americans


Started by DAVID C. GARCELON. Last reply by Ronald B Blauch Jul 13, 2013. 11 Replies

I have compiled a few interesting facts about Fences from my research library...I hope they will interest others as much as they interest me.…Read more →

Subject Tags: surveying, history, fence, fences

History of Land Surveying in our Video Library (22)

Flying Surveyors - a very early use of helicopters, a 1951 film

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The film is about the first fully airborne survey in BC. It was done in the Bowser Lake region, 100 kilometers north of Stewart.

The second half of the film very much focuses on the work done by the Bell 47 B3 helicopter of Okanagan Air Services. . Bill Macleod was the pilot of the Bell 47 B3 CF-FZX

The airplane used for…

There's a Map for That - A Cartographic Conversation

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A roundtable discussion, chaired by Jordana Dym (NEH Fellow, 2011-12), on how cartographic scholarship fits into broader scholarly and pedagogical agendas. Jordana Dym, John E. (Jack) Crowley, Susan Danforth, Matthew Edney, Carla Lois, Heidi…

Lecture: "How Did They Make Those Maps"

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Lecture, "How Did They Make Those Maps?", given by Dr. Robert Karrow on February 13, 2011 at the McClung Museum. For most people looking at a world map from 1500 that shows land masses more or less the way we know they look, the first question to come to mind is likely to be "How did they do that?" This talk will try to answer that question by examining the basics of…

History of Surveying by Farber Surveying

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Farber Surveying is a full service land-use and surveying firm utilizing experience, extensive training, and the latest technology. Our dedication to your needs includes research, completing applications on your behalf, working closely with approval agencies to ensure a successful conclusion, and performing the survey work to accomplish the conditions of…

BLM Surveyor History - Surveying the Land

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This 13 part series, known as Fractured Land Patterns, is the history of BLM. It was created in the mid 1980's as an interpretation of BLMs colorful history. The historical perspective presented centers around the uses, federal laws, and landmark events on Americas public lands which contributed to the fractured land ownership patterns that remain today.…

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Reply by Scott D. Warner, PLS on March 29, 2011 at 4:35pm

Why not start with George Washington.....


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