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Public Land Survey Marks
Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.
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Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.

There is a new tool for Google Earth for mapping out the PLSS here is the link

PLSS in Google Earth

These are comprised of private survey marks, local government survey marks, boundary poles, private property lines, cairns, rock paint marks, notched boulders, and many more. They can commonly be found defining townships, subdivisions of townships, park boundaries, federal property boundaries, etc.

This category can also include boundary marks and survey marks accomplished by private survey companies used in redefining property lines and construction projects.

If you find a USGS benchmark, then please file it in the US Benchmarks category or other appropriate benchmark category.

More information of survey marks can be found at: PLSS in Wikipedia

Here are pictures and diagrams of what some of these marks look like:

The above plaque is for townshipping. This metal map is divided into 6x6, 1 mile squares; thus the 36 sections of a township. The nail or remaining hole shows you where you are in the township. There is almost always a stone monument near this:

Above is one of the PLSS monuments. In some cases benchmarks have been or are being placed at these stone monuments.

The smallest the plaques will be divided is a 1/16 corner; that is 1/16 of a 1 mile section; or 40 acre corners which equals .250 miles. Private surveyors usually make the smaller ones.

Next to this monument is usually a bearing tree and witness tree (or two witness trees), or even a sign. Scars on the trees will indicate bearing. Here is a witness post:

Here are diagrams of scared trees:

 

There are also several different ways corner marks are represented. These can be chiseled rocks, painted marks, ribbons, wooden posts, cairns, and more:

 

Instructions for Posting a Public Land Survey Marks Waymark:
Post a close up picture of the survey mark. Also post at least one picture of the area giving reference to where the mark is in the immediate area. No GPS photos in the waymark description/photos. Please provide detailed information regarding its location and any specifics of the land it is defining.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please submit a photo(s) taken by you of your visit to the location (non-copyrighted photos only). GPS photos are also accepted with the location in the background, and old vacation photos are accepted. If you are not able to provide a photo, then please describe your visit or give a story about the visit. If you have additional information about the survey mark which is not listed in the waymark description, please notify the waymark owner to have it added, and please post the information in your visit log.
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Monument 116A is the westernmost of four to be found at the Osoyoos Canada - U.S. border crossing.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII

location: Washington

date approved: 7/9/2020

last visited: never

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On the border south of Midway, BC, this is a nonstandard stainless steel border monument on the 49th parallel.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 7/9/2020

last visited: never

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This is one of the myriad border monuments found at Canada - U.S. border crossings.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII

location: Washington

date approved: 7/9/2020

last visited: never

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Monument 116D will be found on the east side of the roadway leading into Canada at the Osoyoos Canada - U.S. border crossing.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII

location: Washington

date approved: 7/7/2020

last visited: never

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Monument 116C is to be found on the west side of the roadway leading into Canada at the Osoyoos Canada - U.S. border crossing.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 7/7/2020

last visited: never

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Monument 116B is second from the west of four border monuments to be found at the Osoyoos Canada - U.S. border crossing.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 7/7/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner partly restored by USDI-Bureau of Land Management in 2013

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/29/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner; iron post driven by Davenport, Bozarth & Associates, Land Surveyors, Robert R. Davenport in 1974

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/29/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner remonumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/13/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner remonumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/12/2020

last visited: never

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At the southwest corner of the Grand Forks airport, this Survey Marker was found completely by accident while searching for a benchmark.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 6/9/2020

last visited: never

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At the Blue River Cemetery, this marker denotes one corner of the cemetery.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 6/8/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner revisited by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/8/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner revisited by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/7/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner remonumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/5/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner remonumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

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location: Oregon

date approved: 6/3/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner remonumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/3/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner, stone originally set by William R. Walker et al. in 1871; iron post driven by Davenport, Bozarth & Associates, Land Surveyors, Robert R. Davenport in 1974

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/30/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner remonumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/25/2020

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksWar Department Survey Markers - Halifax, Nova Scotia

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These two War Department survey monument markers are located on the sidewalk, below a plaque providing information on the presence of the former War Department Building at this location.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane

location: Nova Scotia, Canada

date approved: 5/18/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner remonumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

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location: Oregon

date approved: 5/17/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS center quarter corner revisited by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/16/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner remonumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

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location: Oregon

date approved: 5/16/2020

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These two survey markers are located in front of and in proximity to the Fort Beauséjour - Fort Cumberland Museum, in Aulac, New Brunswick.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane

location: New Brunswick, Canada

date approved: 5/16/2020

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner remonumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, Michael O. Jones in 2011

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/16/2020

last visited: never

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