Point of Beginning

City surveyor delves into Frederick's mapping past

March 18, 2009

Originally published March 14, 2009
By Adam Behsudi
News-Post Staff

Even with laser sighting, satellite positioning and a host of other surveying technologies, a hand-drawn map of Frederick from 1820 still guides city surveyor Bill Lankford in some cases.

The map is actually a reproduction of an even earlier map done in 1782 by Samuel Duvall, who first laid out Frederick 's streets.

"We have to be aware of how the old-timers did it," said Lankford, manager of surveying and mapping for the City of Frederick . "Just because our instrumentation is more accurate doesn't mean they are wrong. ... They set the lines."

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