Archive: November 2008

Babcock Florida Company

Caloosahatchee River Valley

Africanized Honey Bees

SFWMD - Survey Monument BenchMark Database

Biscayne Engineering - Celebrates 110 Years

The Greatest Milestone: Biscayne Engineering Company in Miami Celebrates 110 Years.

Thanksgiving from 2 Great Surveyors

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789.G. Washington

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. A. Lincoln

Everglades National Park

Boundary Survey of the Everglades National Park by ER Brownell in 1967 and a map by Prewitt & Nall 1955 &1956 of the Flamingo area.

Everglades National Park.pdf
T60 R33 Prewitt Nall 1955-1956.pdf

Aerial of the Week

NGS and Google Earth

1946 Survey by Mr. Carl Johnson (T40 & 41S R38E)

This week’s map of the week is a 1946 Survey by Mr. Carl Johnson of Various lines in that part of Township 40 S., Rge. 38 E. and Township 41S., Rge. 38E.   This survey was used in an agreement in Deed Book 1010, page 390.  USSC-Chastain DB 1010 pg 390.pdf

In Twp. 40 S., Rge. 38 E. the North boundary was surveyed in 1853 by M.A. Williams Deputy Surveyor and the East, West and South, Boundaries of the Township and the Section lines were survey in 1855 by William J. Reyes.

In Twp. 40 S., Rge. 38 E. the North and East boundaries were surveyed by A.H. Jones in 1845 and the section lines were survey by Wm. J. Reyes in 1855.

The South Boundary was survey in 1916 by the State Surveyor Otis A. Hardin. The West boundary was surveyed in 1855 by W.J. Reyes.  Mr. Johnson’s survey protracted the remaining sections.

T40R38 BLM.pdf
T40R38S3,4&7-36 Johnson Johnson 1946.pdf
T41R38 BLM.pdf
T42S R38E_053.tif 

Following are his field notes. Please take time to go through them, they are excellent.

USSC FB U98.pdf
USSC FB U99.pdf
USSC FB V96.pdf
USSC FB V98.pdf

Aerial of the Week



Now on Labins - Original Survey Plats and Sales Plats

The Color Plat images are from the ORIGINAL survey of Florida. The Black and White Plat images are either a copy of the color OR are additional surveys performed after the ORIGINALs were completed.

The sales plats were created by the State Land Office to visibly track original land sales out of the the State by original patent and currently are on file at State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). These lands were designated lands granted to the State of Florida by Acts of Congress and therefore available for the State to sell.