Historic Nebraska monuments uncovered from ground


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A band of surveyors has found two monuments in central Nebraska that were buried in 1893.

The discovery was made by about 30 members of the Professional Surveyors Association of Nebraska, who spent their summer seminar focusing on uncovering monuments along the southern 12 miles of the 24-mile-long boundary between Sherman and Howard counties.

The limestone rocks discovered in July were originally put in the ground by Robert Harvey, Nebraska's first state surveyor. Harvey placed a stone every 3 miles along the route to clarify the border between the two counties. The markers were originally buried 2 feet deep, but time and elements pushed some of the stones deeper.

Half the surveyors found a rock at the 12-mile corner, which was well west of the county line road. The other half of surveyors uncovered a stone 3 miles north of the county line road, the Grand Island Independent reported.

Surveyors won't make any changes to the county border.

Some association members said it was one of the best summer seminars they've had, said Hall County Public Works Director and County Surveyor Casey Sherlock.

The group was unable to locate a third stone, which was the zero-mile monument. But lead surveyors came back and found it the following Thursday.

Efforts to find the 9-mile marker were unsuccessful.

The project was done partly because this year is Nebraska's 150th anniversary, as well as the 150th anniversary of the original survey.

Harvey put the markers underground to protect them from wind and the elements, as well as from people who would deliberately destroy or move them. Nebraska surveyors said they have a lot of admiration for Harvey.

"When you follow his measurements, you're going to be close to wherever he says it was supposed to be," Sherlock said.

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