In 1984 I recovered a large set sandstone for the N1/4 of Section 9. It is in a mostly blank township for found monumentation. An energy company tried to hire me to stake a lease hold well in Section 17 back in 1997. I knew of three found monuments in that township along with the N1/4 of S.9 including the center of the township which would reduce the search areas. They didn't like my price or anyone else's so they let the area hang.
They hired a different company eventually and that surveyor staked out the entire township, he held and capped the nice sandstone.
It turned out to be a bust of a play and all they ended up doing was to drill a few lease hold wells.
So this week I had to tie into the N1/4 corner and even though that company did almost nothing in the area they did build a pipeline right through the corner, which was 150' off a two track road!!!!!!!
The chance that they went through that stone randomly is astronomically small, they had to have seen it and took it out on purpose.
Pipeline Companies can't hold a candle to Ski Resorts!
It's like magic, they seem to be able to destroy nearly ALL of the actual (original) Property Corners (Mineral Surveys) with a Ski Run, Bike/Hiking Trail, Chair Lift, Lodge, Road or whatever. Then they wonder why Boundary Surveys take so long, and cost so much!
@ MightyMoe I was once working on a pipeline in west Texas. I found a stone mound that somewhere along the way someone drove a pipe through the center. The right-of-way abutted the section line and turned west at the corner. I built a pig pen around the mound and flagged the hell of it in pink and white flagging. Evidently that turned it into a target. When I returned a few days later, there were trackhoe tracks running right over the top and it was destroyed. You would think that the foresight of the previous surveyor that drove the pipe would have helped out, but when they dug the bell hole to tie in the corner, they piled the spoils on top of the section corner. When they backfilled the bell hole, the dozer pushed the pipe in with the spoils. I eventually went back to the site and sunk an iron rod, but the history was lost.
This bench mark was one of my high priority ones to fill a huge gap for the GPSonBM program. Railroad removed an old signal building at this crossing. The tire tracks were fresh when I arrived.
We did a boundary survey about 20 years ago for a new orchard. Every section corner, 1/4 corner, and 1/16th corner was monumented with an iron pipe and brass cap stamped Washington State Reclamation Service 1921, they were part of a huge survey by WSRS, for an irrigation project under the overall control of USBR. Fast forward about 6 months, we're back on site to stake the tree rows, and every single moment is torn out, and the cap is cut off of the pipe with a hacksaw. After a few days we noticed one of the irrigation guys had a belt buckle made of one of the caps. Turns out the whole irrigation crew thought they were pretty cool, so they all tore them out to make belt buckles out of them. We turned them in to the board but I don't think much came of it. They are all remoumented now based on our original ties and accessories, all are Berntsen A1 mons with my dad's number on them, positions preserved but the historical nature of the originals is long gone. We did find the flared bottom of about 1/3 of the pipes when digging to set the new ones, and one of the original stones from the GLO. They're in the holes under the new mons. Some irrigation guys somewhere probably still have some extrememly valuable belt buckles that they can't possibly understand like we do.