Chaining Oregon: Surveying the Public Lands of the Pacific Northwest, 1851-1855

Chaining Oregon: Surveying the Public Lands of the Pacific Northwest, 1851-1855

by Kay Atwood


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Chaining Oregon: Surveying the Public Lands of the Pacific Northwest, 1851-1855 by Kay Atwood

... is a comprehensive history of the early federal surveyors of the Pacific Northwest, the work they performed for the US General Land Office between 1851 and 1855, the contribution their efforts made to the westerly movement of American settlement, and the order they imposed on the land of the western valleys and adjacent mountains in what are now the states of Oregon and Washington.

When Oregon Territory's Surveyor General John B. Preston and his cadre of engineers arrived in the Oregon region in 1851, there was little precedent for the legal systematic description of private landholding, but when the last of these surveyors left in 1855, much of the western interior of Oregon and Washington territories, from Puget Sound to the Oregon-California border, lay measured in the precise pattern of townships and sections that characterized the US Rectangular Land Survey System. While inevitably having to work and survive within the political and social whorls and eddies of a frontier democracy, the surveyors themselves, navigating for months at a time across what was to them marginally or completely unsettled land, typically were out of view of the general public - and have frequently remained out of view of historians as well. With Chaining Oregon, Kay Atwood has brought the surveyors, their work, and their legacy out of the shadows of history into the deserved light of scholarship.

About the Author:
Kay Atwood is a resident of Ashland, Oregon, and Chaining Oregon is her latest book dealing with the human and environmental history of the Pacific Northwest

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780939923205
Publisher: McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, The
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 267
Sales rank: 1,282,099
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Spring, 1851: Out to Oregon     7
Summer, 1851: On Line in Oregon Territory     31
Summer, 1851: Meridian     55
Fall, 1851: Township and Section in the Willamette Valley     75
Winter, 1851 - Summer, 1852: Chain by Chain     95
Fall, 1852: Politics and Patronage     117
Winter and Spring, 1853: Surveyor General     131
1853: Removal and Replacement     145
1854: Meridian South     155
1854: Chaining the Rogue River Valley     173
1855: Back to America     193
Epilogue     213
Notes     219
Selected Bibliography     249
Index     257

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