Houston Surveyor Finds Stone Fossil Monument

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Houston Surveyor Finds Stone Fossil Monument

I’ve found a few original stones in my time as a surveyor, but I can’t say I’ve ever found a stone squid fossil as a monument. Here’s a guy in Spring Valley, Minnesota, who discovered a stone squid fossil that was set as property corner. Yes, that’s right — a squid fossil. According to Richard Walter, the Houston County Surveyor, the fossil is believed to have been set to perpetuate the original wooden post, which was set in 1853 to mark a quarter corner.

I’m trying to imagine my reaction if I’d been pulling plats at a local Surveyor’s office and saw a description that went something like this: “Found 8-inch stone squid fossil, down 0.7 feet.”




Wendell was a Land Surveyor for 26 years, then moved on to building websites for his second career. But he never lost sight of the surveying community and the other disciplines related to surveying. He's purposely stayed involved in the surveying industry because he has always been — and will continue to be — a Land Surveyor at heart.


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