Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon
Willamette Stone State Heritage Site 50/150 Project
is the 50th anniversary of the Professional Land Surveyors
of Oregon. February 14, 2009 marked the 150th anniversary
of Oregon’s admittance into the Union.
PLSO’s 50/150 Project celebrated both of these significant
As part of the Governor’s call for statewide
projects celebrating Oregon’s 150th birthday, PLSO
proposed to hold a cleanup day at the Willamette Stone State
Heritage Site; install new benches by the initial point;
adopt the existing geocache located at the Heritage Site
and hold a dedication celebration as part of the Oregon150
Take Care of Oregon Days as well as PLSO’s 50th birthday.
Workday. On May 2, volunteers met to clean
up Willamette Stone State Park.
Park Re-Dedication on May 30, 2009.
View Photo Gallery.
Restoration of USGS Latitude Pier Established in 1896
The project is the idea of Jim McLefresh, GPS Surveyor
for Spokane County. Jim has done an outstanding job researching
the history of the monument and lining up permission from
various sources to restore this historical pier in front
of the Spokane County Courthouse. The monument
will be restored
by Spokane County under the direction of the facilities director,
Ron Oscarson, P.E. Both the LSAW Historical Society and Inland
Empire Chapter of LSAW will
cooperate in placing a brass
informational plaque at the base of
the restored monument.
This instrument pier was believed to be used by the USGS
to retrace the Washington-Idaho State boundary and establish
the upper Idaho-Montana State boundary.
100th Anniversary of the International Boundary Commission
On June 7, 2008, Denny DeMeyer, representing the LSAW Historical
Society and the Surveyors Historical Society, and Adam Nelson,
President of the Northwest Chapter of LSAW, attended the
ceremony at the Peace Arch in Blaine, WA, celebrating the
100th Anniversary of the International Boundary Commission.
Surveyors attending from the Canadian side included the
Canadian Commissioner to the IBC, Peter Sullivan from Edmonton,
Alberta. He is also the Surveyor General for Canada. Also
Doug Culham from Ottawa, Deputy Surveyor General of Canada
(East); Michael Thomson from Victoria, BC, Surveyor General
for the province of British Columbia; Robert Allen from Sechelt,
chairman of the BCLS Historical and Biographical Committee
and Gordon Thomson from Fort Langley, former executive director
of the BCLS.
View Photo Gallery.
2008 David Thompson Conference
The LSAW Historical Society and Surveyors Historical Society
were both represented at the 2008 David Thompson Conference
held in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, June 19, 20 & 21. Featured
was a "Kootenai Encampment" drawing attention to
the Kootenai way of life experienced by surveyor and map maker
David Thompson and his crew of voyagers between 1807 & 1811.
Almost 1/3rd of the sponsors and supporters of this event
were surveying organizations from all across the United States.