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I thought the history of the World Trade Center Twin Towers layout might be an interesting piece of history. This history was written by my friend, William B.F. Lair, a surveyor of the "first order", written shortly before he died in 1987.
The actualRead more…
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 a Dumpy Level
for the Massachusetts Institute of TeRead more…
I would like to share some of my perspective on early American Surveying History, and at the same time get a discussion going. I have been fortunate enough to have lived New England since I was born, and spent 47 years practicing land surveying hereRead more…
Thomas M. Cooley, Regarding the United States Public Land Survey:
No statute can confer upon a county surveyor (nor any other surveyor) the power to “establish” corners, and thereby bind the parties concerned. Nor is this a question merely of conflicRead more…
Ever wonder how Washington D.C. was envisioned by those who designed the layout of the streets?
|Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant|
Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant
|Born||August 9, 1754
|Died||June 14, 1825 (aged 70)|
It was not one surveyor alone who made the great Capitol city that we call Washington, D.C. L'Enfant did not work alone. The "lone surveyor" is almost as fictional as the "Lone Ranger".
How many land surveyors does it take to design a city? George Washington, Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Benjamin Banneker, and Andrew Ellicott, were some that have given their collective professional effort for the geometrically unique Capitol City of th
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