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The Oregon Surveyor


Vol. 40, No. 2

Lost & Found,


sighted the lone remaining 1860 BT and found the

bearing to be 7 ½ degrees different from both the

1860 record and the 1965 remon record. This resulted

in the 1965 BLM brass cap being misplaced by about

3.5 feet. The 1965 accessories were likewise off in

distance and bearing. However, similar inspections at

most other 1965 monuments checked very well.

LaFayette Cartee, who first surveyed this range line,

was born in Tioga County, New York in 1823. He

graduated from St. Johns College and later became

the Chairman of the Mathematics Department

there. He spent some time thereafter in California

before moving to Oregon City in 1849 and opening a

surveying and engineering office. In 1853, he became

a member of the Oregon Territorial Legislature

and in 1854 was elected Speaker of the House. He

started working as a Deputy Surveyor not long after

arriving in the Territory. His early work was on

Donation Claim surveys and later, he started

Township surveys, such as the one we

were retracing here. In examining

his original 1860 marks in several

of those prior corner visits, I

noticed that Cartee had a

distinctive way of scribing the

“BT” letters on the lower blaze.

He scribed the “B” upside down with the convex

curved segments facing up. He made the straight

line segment of the “B” horizontal and used it as the

“top” of his “T” by then making a single short, straight

line running downward at an angle.

At the east quarter of Section

24, established by LaFayette

Cartee on Thursday October

18, 1860, the BLM had

set a brass cap after

they determined


The author in front of 48” Fir line tree marked in 1894 within the

Willamette National Forest.

The “curly” wood fragment.