Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Walk In the Woods

Every morning the three of us go for a walk. Lately we've been going through the woods near our house. There are trails to the inlet, but it has been very muddy and slippery there, so we've been sticking to the "overland" route. In an attempt to make the walk more hike-like, we decided to forge a new trail. Rick armed himself with a machete and I continually yelled for Jet to get out of the way. I don't want him to find out the hard way that a machete is dangerous!

We found some concrete survey markers with brass plates dating back to 1922. For some reason, this excited me to no end. To think that my little rustic neighborhood was being explored back then kind of gave me the chills. Who were these people that did the surveying?

This is the first one we found:

If you can't read it, it says US Coast & Geodetic Survey. Click on the photo to get a larger image and you can read the rest of the information.

Here's the second one:

Kind of cool if you ask me!


Patty Woodland said...

This is up the hubby's alley. When he was dealing with land use disputes he would often have to go out and find such markers to try and figure out where borders were,etc. for title companies.

He said it could get quite tricky with the really old ones on the East coast where the title deed would read things like - 10 paces from the big oak tree....

He would love to see them. History is all around us.

brassica said...

If you have a GPS, record the coordinates than see if they correlate to the coordinates stamped on the maker. These markers have np been used to determine rates of land deformation in some areas. pretty cool huh? I