Stone Perpetuation Program

The Land Ordinance of 1785 indicated the commencement of the United States Public Land System.  The ordinance helps the dividing of federally-owned land for transfer of ownership to the public. After the United States granted title to a parcel of land, jurisdiction over that land passed to the state. Where the lands were in private ownership, it became a function of county or local Surveyors to restore lost corners and subdivide the sections.

Surveys of public record that have previously been perpetuated by a monument and which lie within the limits of a project will be recovered and those found will be perpetuated. This includes and is not limited to section corners, 1/4, 1/16, and meander corners with witness monuments, lot and block corners, and other monuments. The County Surveyor must keep and maintain a corner record book showing original government section corners. The Surveyor must check, locate, establish, and reference at least 5% of all original corners shown in the Section Corner Record Books each year.

The Stone Perpetuation Program has continued to strengthen with nearly 300 corners in Vigo County being perpetuated. The office is committed to providing this service to the community of Vigo County and will continue to fulfill our duties to citizens.