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Surveying Terlingua

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Offline TxRPLS

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Surveying Terlingua
« on: March 28, 2016, 12:12:12 AM »
I've been doing a lot of research on the original land surveys in the vicinity of Terlingua over the last year. A friend purchased some land off the internet and I suppose I'm going to do my best to figure out where her "little piece of heaven" is on the ground.

A lot of the resurvey work was done by J.S. Dodd who was also apparently some kind of minister or had religious training. He made a note on one of his worksheets in Hebrew that was later translated to English. It seems like an ominous warning when he wrote "And there was chaos on the face of the earth". That doesn't sound like I will have an easy time of it.

Hopefully I will be able to stop in and chat with Walker in Alpine. Also planning on requesting access to the Agua Fria Ranch to tie in the original point of beginning for the survey system I am following, a cairn near the spring.

Any recommendations or suggestions are welcome. While my friend has been a more frequent visitor to the area, I haven't been any further south than Marfa since 1986.
"There was chaos upon the face of the Earth."

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Offline TxRPLS

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Re: Surveying Terlingua
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2016, 07:57:14 PM »
We had a great time exploring and surveying near Terlingua. We were going to camp on the land but found that the road ended too far away and it would not have been practical to carry in all our gear so we ended up camping at Terlingua Abajo in BBNP for two days and then moved to Paint Gap camp 4 for the last night. The high clearance vehicle road into camp 4 is rough and I put a few scratches on the truck from the trailside vegetation. But, we were rewarded with a beautiful, secluded spot. Spent some quality time on the porch at the trading company and met interesting people from the area and all over. Ill post some pictures and stories when I get back to Fort Worth.
"There was chaos upon the face of the Earth."

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Surveying Terlingua
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2016, 08:16:24 PM »
Awesome! I did a little work as a surveying rod man in college (engineering student). Mainly construction sites, but I always wondered what it would be like to survey a remote, wide open area. Sounds like it was a lot of fun!

I've also found that surveyors may have the sharpest eyes of anyone... Did you happen to find anything interesting out there?

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Offline Cisco Kid

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Re: Surveying Terlingua
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2016, 03:42:19 PM »
When I was a little boy back in the 1950's my Dad surveyed the Big Bend area. We lived in Alpine, Marfa, Presidio, Lamesa and El Paso. They had Jeeps and a Jeep station wagon. They mounted the level tipod on the roof of the wagon and would take a reading as far as they could see the level rod. One event started in Marathon, all the way to the river, thence to Presidio, then back up to  Marfa. When the closed the loop they were 6 feet off in elevation, Not too bad.  Later the cut the loop across the center and had busted 60 Feet from the original Loop. Such is numbers.  Can you imagine how cool that woud be to get paid to drive a jeep everywhere in Big Bend, on the roads and across country.

My Dad is a Wild West Texas Surveyor.
He is still kicking a 92 Years, and still a BS artist and a pain in the butt.
He and I made many trips out there together. Once in the middle of nowhere I found and old whiskey bottle with the cap still on it, I called him over and said "Look what I found", he says Yeah, I remember throwing that there in the 50's, anything still in it?
I still have that Bottle.

Cisco
if it works don't fix it

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Offline Juan Cuatro Lados

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Re: Surveying Terlingua
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2016, 06:57:40 PM »
There's a licensed surveyor who lives in that area by the name of James Jackson, in the white pages.

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Offline Txlj

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Re: Surveying Terlingua
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2016, 03:08:28 PM »
Cisco, nice.

Sent from flat land


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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Surveying Terlingua
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2016, 03:30:57 PM »
Can you imagine how cool that would be to get paid to drive a jeep everywhere in Big Bend, on the roads and across country?

DREAM JOB!  Anyone hiring?   :icon_lol:
You don't travel to see different things,
You travel to see things differently.

 


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