A new historical marker placed at the intersection of the Michigan Meridian and the Ohio-Michigan State Line commemorates the surveyors whose hard work and hardships defined this important survey, says Joe Fenicle.
There is great confusion in the American surveyor historical literature about Thomas Freeman, a prominent surveyor in the United States from 1792 until his death in 1821, regarding whether he served as an officer in the United States military or in a state militia.
A tremendous amount of effort is focused on collecting data about the Earth’s surface using satellites, airplanes, terrestrial mobile mapping units, total stations and many other devices. Even land areas under water are measurable up to a certain depth. It is reasonable to say that we are at the point where nearly everything above ground is mapped.