By the time Mike Branham and Ryan Miller finish their quest, they will know every inch of Hubbard County. They’ve embarked on the Herculean task of surveying the county, bit by bit, stake by stake, monument by monument, restoring a government survey conducted between 1868 and the 1870s.


By: Sarah Smith, Park Rapids Enterprise

By the time Mike Branham and Ryan Miller finish their quest, they will know every inch of Hubbard County.
They’ve embarked on the Herculean task of surveying the county, bit by bit, stake by stake, monument by monument, restoring a government survey conducted between 1868 and the 1870s.
 
“When I started we chained everything,” said Branham, Hubbard County deputy surveyor, referring to the practice of surveyors dragging a heavy metal measuring chain through hostile terrain and some not so hostile.
 
“Can you imagine pulling that chain through 3½ miles of swamp?”
 
Instead he and Miller are using high tech GPS technology to find existing points, but the swamp is still terrain they must maneuver through.
 
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