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County Surveyor Dick Walter is searching for buried treasure

August 4, 2008
Surveyor Richard Walter is likened to a modern-day Indiana Jones as he studies maps, digs for 150-year-old clues and searches for valuable artifacts that will help him locate the boundaries of Houston County, Minn.


By Charlie Warner
 
Argus News Editor
 
Houston County Surveyor Richard Walter is a modern day Indiana Jones…well kind of. He doesn’t travel all over the globe looking for the lost arc or other priceless treasures, but like “Indy,” he studies maps, digs for clues, and searches for valuable artifacts.
 
As county surveyor, Walter’s job is to establish where property lines throughout the county run. Sounds easy, but it’s actually a monumental endeavor when you consider Houston County was surveyed more than 150 years ago, and the trees, stones, and wooden posts that were used as corner markers have all disappeared decades ago.
 
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