Southwestern Missouri Area Surveyors are involved in organizing a Surveyors Historical Society (SHS) Affiliate, headquartered in Cedar County, to become known as CCMSHS. For those who don not associate Cedar County with land surveying, the city of El Dorado Springs, Mo., may be more recognizable. The county and city were symbolized by BLM as the "Mecca for Recruiting Cadastral Land Surveyors."
Cedar County and the adjoining area have the historical recognition of supplying more surveyors for the BLM Cadastral Survey programs than any toher comparable geographical size area. Th BLM Cadastral Survey Program was supplied with apporoximately 200 survey workforce employees within a 60+ year period. Several of the Cedar County area individuals continued with, and had long-term careers, within the Government Cadastral Survey programs, with some making their final retirements in various other states. Several returned to Cedar County to retire, to work within the land survey discipline or other endeavors. Several area natives are still within the government cadastral survey work programs.
A few organizational awareness meetings have taken place and a final organizational meeting is hoped to be held in May 2003, with the dates to be coordinated with the official historical opening of the Wayside Inn Museum as operated by the Preserve Our Past Society, Inc. in downtown El Dorado Springs.