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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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Image for Beginning Point of the U.S. Public Land Survey - East Liverpool, OH/Beaver Co., PAview gallery

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Public Land Survey MarksBeginning Point of the U.S. Public Land Survey - East Liverpool, OH/Beaver Co., PA

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A 'Witness Monument' placed at the Ohio/Pennsylvania border commemorating the spot 1112 feet South which served as the starting point of the 'western lands' eventually stretching to the West Coast.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark

location: Ohio

date approved: 11/10/2014

last visited: 4/27/2016

Image for Beaver Creek State Park Boundry Markerview gallery

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Public Land Survey MarksBeaver Creek State Park Boundry Marker

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Boundary Marker located in the Beaver Creek State Reservation.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Whistlen

location: Ohio

date approved: 7/31/2009

last visited: never

Image for West Line Stone 223 ('Michler Stone')  - PA/WVview gallery

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Public Land Survey MarksWest Line Stone 223 ('Michler Stone') - PA/WV

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This stone, on the E side of PA 281/WV 26, in 1860 was meant to mark the MD/PA/WV tri-point. It was 'demoted' to 'just' a 2-state border officially in 1910.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark

location: West Virginia

date approved: 4/26/2015

last visited: never

Image for Maryland/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Intersection Point - (Deakins Line Stone 34)view gallery

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Public Land Survey MarksMaryland/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Intersection Point - (Deakins Line Stone 34)

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A concrete post a few feet north of a track road marks the spot where Maryland, Pennsylvania & West Virginia meet.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark

location: Maryland

date approved: 4/24/2015

last visited: never

Image for West Line Stone 222  ('Sinclair Stone')  - MD/PAview gallery

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Public Land Survey MarksWest Line Stone 222 ('Sinclair Stone') - MD/PA

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This stone, on the E side of Brown Hill RD, in 1885 was meant to mark the MD/PA/WV tri-point. It was 'demoted' to 'just' a 2-state border officially in 1910.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark

location: Maryland

date approved: 4/24/2015

last visited: never

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