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Benchmark Warnings

There is a great article in last June’s issue of The American Surveyor by Jerry Penry called “$250 Fine or Imprisonment for Disturbing this Mark,” concerning survey markers and the evolution of the warning against their removal.

Penry remarks that, “In the eyes of the public, our permanent survey markers have always been one of the most visible aspects of our profession. They have been the subject of curiosity, conversation, and unfortunately, the victims of vandalism and theft. Human nature seemingly drives many to covet and possess something that emulates an interesting or rare character. “

It’s that fascination which drove the regulation of benchmark monuments in the first place, yielding the unique combination of legalese and technical data that appear on these markers that dot the surface of the land.
Read the article here, or here if you prefer the PDF version.