Editor's Note: Thank you.

Here I am eating a well-deserved apple after hiking to the top of Observation Point, 6,508 feet above sea level at Zion National Park.

USGS survey marker from 1928 at Observation Point.
At the beginning of nearly every autumn season, I set out on a vacation, hoping to see new places and learn new things. I often seek out new territory as I did this year, but I also found myself trekking back to a much favored area in Utah: Zion National Park. Although I've been there in the past for sightseeing and hiking its impressive rock trails, it is always a joy to visit. And this time, I'd like to especially thank Leo Snow.

Leo A. Snow was a United States Deputy Surveyor from St. George, Utah, and in 1908 he performed a general land survey of the township that included the canyon of the Utah region. Inaccessible due to very treacherous terrain, the public knew little about this land. Upon completion of his overview, Snow presented his report to the Department of the Interior, which contained glowing remarks about the land's beauty, scenery and amazing geology. Snow's findings were brought to the attention of President William Taft along with a strong suggestion that the area be preserved and designated as a national monument. In 1909, the area was established by presidential proclamation as the Mukuntuweap National Monument, a name given by the local Native American Paiute people (ancestors of the Pueblo people) meaning "straight arrow."

In 1918, after years of mispronunciations (I can relate), Mormon pioneers changed the locally unpopular name "Mukuntuweap" to "Zion" meaning "place of refuge." And on Nov. 19, 1919, the area was made into an accessible national park with visitor accommodations by Act of Congress. It has provided me, personally, with a type of sanctuary through the splendors of its beauty-and for that I thank Mr. Snow.

Before Snow's appreciative efforts, other surveyors were hard at work not far from the Zion region. Beginning in 1869, Major John Wesley Powell completed the first exploration of the canyons around the Green and Colorado rivers. Surveyor G.K. Gilbert was mapping southern Utah at about the same time. In early 1871, Powell partnered with surveyor/professor Almon H. Thompson, Powell's brother-in-law, who began the mapping of the area. As director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 1881 to 1894, Powell helped to expand the practice of topographic mapping throughout the country.

And even today, in 2003, you folks continue to provide invaluable information and immeasurable efforts surveying and mapping our precious land by following in the footsteps of such great men and creating paths for others to follow in the future. For me, as editor of your preferred national publication for surveying and geomatics, I am honored to have this page to share my experiences with you, events that often relate to you and your work.

Thank you, surveyors and mappers.

Stats for Surveyors

The results of POB's latest monthly poll are in, and the results were, at least for me, a bit surprising! Posted below the task bar on the lower left side of our website, www.pobonline.com, our monthly polls strive to ask questions that best pertain to your work, the equipment or materials you use to get ahead and what helps you to succeed in the profession. The results of September's question, "Does your firm offer 3D laser scanning services?" can be found on our Table of Contents page, Page 4. We will continue to provide the results of our monthly poll questions on the Table of Contents page of each magazine. Check them out!

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to POB.

Recent Articles by Lieca Brown

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.


POB April 2015 Cover

2015 April

In this April 2015 issue of POB, we explore how AVEVA solutions and laser scanning gave international contractor Ariosh some real competitive advantages in challenging oil and gas revamp projects.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Is Work Better Today?

Surveyors, how has the newest technologies available to the profession affected you? Compared to five years ago, work today is …
View Results Poll Archive

Point of Beginning Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\POB\epubsite\Statues-pic-large.gif

The perfect gift or award for any special occasion.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Facebook logo Twitter logo  LinkedIn logo  YouTube logoRPLS small logo

Google +

Geo Locator

Buyers Guide

The #1 buyers' guide for land surveyors and geomatics professionals. Search listings for software and equipment manufacturers, equipment dealers and professional services. CLICK HERE to view GeoLocator.