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Levi Colton Surveyor tintype

Tintype of a surveyor and chainman with a vernier compass made by Levi Colton, taken around 1870. Catalog #1985.0181.01. (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)


Did you know…..

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were all Land Surveyors before taking office as the President of the United States?

Did you know…..

The Mason Dixon Line is actually a survey line?
Charles Mason, an assistant astronomer at Greenwich Observatory, and Jeremiah Dixon, an astronomer, mathematician and surveyor, were hired to survey an agreed-upon line to settle a dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland. It took 4 years and cost $75,000 to run the 233 mile line. Modern surveys have shown it to be an accurate survey, within a couple of seconds of latitude. (Info gathered from LandSurveyor.US)

Did you know…..

Surveying is one of the oldest known Professions? Egyptian Land Surveying 3,000 B.C.

The duties of the surveyor in Ancient Egypt covered a number of aspects, including boundary definition and building construction. The need for surveying was a consequence of the civilized society in Ancient Egypt. The annual flooding of the Nile, something that significantly impacted the life of the Egyptians, often resulted in a change of the shape of the land on the banks of the river, or the disappearance of the stones marking the boundaries. A surveyor was required to re-measure the land and to replace the marks as required, so that any disputes between neighbors could be resolved. Surveyors also provided information for construction work. Of particular interest are the cardinally orientated buildings, namely the temples and the pyramids that required a great deal of careful measuring to obtain the orientation required. The role of the surveyor was an important one, as shown by the evidence of the work of the surveyors in the form of pictures on the walls of tombs. The position of the surveyor in the Egyptian society shows they were one of upper class and were very well educated individuals.

Did you know…..

 Land Surveying is spoken of in the Bible?

Here are just a few examples:

    You shall not move your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set,
    in the inheritance that you will hold in the land that the LORD your God is
    giving you to possess.
    Deuteronomy 19:14 (ESV)

    Cursed be anyone who moves his neighbor’s landmark. And all the people
    shall say, Amen.
    Deuteronomy 27:17 (ESV)

    Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set.
    Proverbs 22:28 (ESV)

    And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city
    and its gates and walls. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width.
    And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and
    height are equal. He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement,
    which is also an angel’s measurement.
    Revelation 21:15-17 (ESV)


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