Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington County Records Inventory

Corner Survey Records


Series documents the establishment and/or restoration of survey corners or monuments by the county surveyor or registered land surveyors. Records include maps, field survey restoration notes, historical notes, and indexes. Information includes description of corners; existing markers; descriptions of new markers and any changes made to the locations; property owners; township, range, and section numbers; donation land claim information; date the new markers were set; and surveyor's signatures.

The searchable iSpirits research tool includes images of public land corner records.

Records at the Public Services Building, Room 202, Survey Section Vault:
U.S. Bearing Trees [Record-with visual index], vol. 1, 1885-1971 (1 volume);
USBT Book [United States Bearing Trees-some with index], vol. 2-10, 1971-1997 (9 volumes);
USBT Notes [United States Bearing Trees-on mylar-with index], 1997-present (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Walnut Street Center Building, Second Floor, Survey Section Land Corner Unit Office Area:
CS Field Books [County Surveyor-includes corner survey information], ca.1978-present (135 volumes);
[Survey Field Books-includes notes by Barrows, Barber, Barney, Bosworth Chandler, Gale, Graham, Hobbs, Huson, Jensen, Lomax, Meacham, Mills, MacIntyre, McGee, Morill, Newell Gossett & Walsh, Reiter, Walker, Wilkes, and county surveyors-includes land corner and road survey information-with index], ca.1870-present (ca.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Washington County Web Site:
Map Gallery [Miscellaneous Maps-includes election, environmental, general, land corner, land use, locational, planning, survey, and transportation], 2000-present (Internet);
Public Land Corners Search Tool [Searchable Database], n.d.-present (Internet).


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