- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Lewis & Clark, Benjamin Banneker, Andrew Ellicott and Daniel Boone were all Land Surveyors at some point in their lives.
- The first president of United States, George Washington, began his remarkable career as a surveyor, map-maker and soldier. He began to work as a surveyor's assistant in 1748 at the age of 16, but after only a year, he became a surveyor for the newly created frontier country of Culpeper. There he gained a reputation as an honest, fair and dependable person.
- Surveying is an old profession which originates from ancient Egypt to about 3,000 years ago. It determines the position of certain building or land in three dimensions before construction of any structure begins.
- On September 19, 1831, a Detroit-born French fur trader named Louis Campau paid $90 for 72 acres of land around a small Grand River trading post. Campau bought his tract when public lands in the Northwest Territory were offered for sale following the completion of the 1831 federal survey. Lucius Lyon, a government land surveyor, bought a large chunk of land north of Campau’s 72 acres about a year later, on Sept. 25, 1832. This area is now known as Grand Rapids, MI.
1 mile = 5,280 feet
1 acre = 43,560 sq. feet
1 perch = 16.5 feet
1 chain = 66 feet
Some Survey Biblical References:
Deuteronomy 19:14..... "You shall not move your neighbor's boundary mark, which the ancestors have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land the Lord your God gives you to possess."
Deuteronomy 27:17..... 'Cursed is he who moves his neighbor's boundary mark.' And all the people shall say 'Amen.'
Proverbs 22:28....... "Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set."