200th Surveying Anniversary Celebration of Pittsfield Township




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Published on Dec 16, 2015

October 18th, 2015 marked the 200th Anniversary of the Michigan survey of 1815 that established the Pittsfield Township boundaries. The day was celebrated with a presentation by local historian C.E. Wall, Retired Surveyor Jack N. Owens, PS, and Retired Surveyor Gil Bonno, PS. The day included education about surveying, a brief history of the surveying of Pittsfield township, and stories about the life of a surveyor 200 years ago. The celebration concluded with a live carving of a witness tree in Prairie Park to commemorate the 200th Anniversary.

1: Welcome to the November 18, 2015 Commemoration, by Mandy Grewal, Supervisor, Pittsfield Charter Township, MI 0:00
2: Definitions and Historical Background, by C. Edward Wall 2:41
3: 1815 Survey of Southeast Michigan, by Jack Owen 25:57
4: Surveying Pittsfield’s northern boundary (Oct. 17-18, 1815), by C. Edward Wall 1:19:10
5: Life of a surveyor, by Gill Bonno 1:23:37
6: Concluding Remarks, by C. Edward Wall 1:37:43

7: Ceremonial Scribing of a Witness Tree,
By Jack Owen


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