Locating a Monument from July 1824

Ever wonder what career lets you use a combination of archaeology, field research, quasi-legal determinations, and the use of mathematics and space technology to locate buried treasure from the 1800’s. Well not many careers would offer this kind of a combination of skills to locate buried treasure, but this is exactly what was needed on February 9, 2008 to locate the original southeast corner of the John Austin Survey, the first Abstract in Harris County. After some research, Jack Chiles, a registered surveyor came across some notes from a City Of Houston Survey Field Book dated February 13, 1914. The field book stated a concrete monument was set on the same location of the “bios d’ arc stake” which was the original stake set in 1824.

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