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Chaining Oregon: Surveying the Public Lands of the Pacific Northwest, 1851-1855

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Chaining Oregon is the first comprehensive history of the early federal surveyors of the Pacific Northwest, the work they performed for the US General Land Office between 1851 and 1855, the contribution their efforts made to the westerly movement of American settlement, and the order they imposed on the land of the western valleys and adjacent mountains in what are now the ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 5th 2008 by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company (first published June 25th 2008)
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Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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Having wondered for a few decades just exactly why the Willamette Stone is where it is, "Chaining Oregon" provided the answer. The Willamette Stone is the origin point for the Willamette Meridian and the Willamette Baseline, the basis for the survey of the Oregon Territory as mandated by the Donation Land Act of 1850. I already knew that.
I have been to this small park countless times in my life. WHY it existed was known to me. Why it was WHERE is was located I finally learned from this book. Lea
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
A detailed recounting of the first U.S. surveyors to start recording and documenting the lands of Oregon and Washington. Some nice historical detail about life in the territory in the mid-19th century and an interesting, if basic, introduction to surveying technique in that period.
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