Amazing PLSS Recovery
This one is for my special memories. It’s a quarter corner on the main section of the farm where I grew up. I personally removed all the fences all around this corner in my pre surveying years, did a bit of land leveling and farmed the field plowing it many times (not even cognizant that a corner was there). We haven’t owned it since 1983. So I never expected that this corner could be recovered.
I’m completing a survey of the whole section, been working on it bits and pieces for 20 years. All the corners have been recovered some original stones and others put back from other evidence (obliterated). So I’m finally down to the corner I’m just sure is lost. Another surveyor has already declared it lost and set a marker that somehow is about 15 feet from the mid point. So I’m planning on calling this guy and working this out because much of the oldest occupation in the section fits well with the proportional location of the corner but not this replacement (probably a blunder).
So I get permission to enter the property and go and buzz up the rebar and cap about 8 feet west and 15 feet south of the midpoint. So I decide to put a temp stake at the midpoint (E quarter of section 34). After I place a stake I decide to see if anything else sets off the metal detector (you never know who has been there doing what). It’s still a farmed field with a newer fence running north south about 6 feet west of my mark. About 1-1/2 foot NNE of mid point I get a signal, not super good but good enough to start digging. Half a foot down better signal. Foot down getting better. About 15 inches down I hit the top of a stone. Interesting, maybe somebody set something near a stone. This location is tater dirt, no rocks expected. About 2 feet down, still no metal but really strong signal and the bug dust of a post shows up on west side of stone (hmmm found old fence line). So I keep digging until the stone can be pulled. Stone looks about right but all covered with sticky clay. Still no metal but up on the surface the stone itself sets off the metal detector but I can’t really see any definite ¼ mark. No more signal in the hole.
I didn’t have the notes along so I mark the location of the base of the stone with a nail, load up the stone and head for town. Get the notes, says 12 x 10 x 10 stone. Measure stone and that’s what I get. Get a scrub brush and the hose and start cleaning the stone. About 30 seconds later I can see a very clear mark, not grooves but more like an etching (I’ve seen others like this). Yeah, the mark as the stone was found was upright and on the west side.
UNBELIEVABLE!!! I’ll take pictures tomorrow, set a new county monument, bury this baby alongside and file the record. This one goes in my personal record book.
Anybody want to buy a marked stone detector? Sorry, not for sale!
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