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Public Land Survey System (PLSS) Corners, or Government Corners, were originally established by the Federal Government in Oregon commencing in 1852 to encourage and facilitate the settlement of the Oregon Territory. Since then, the original survey monuments (posts, stones and other objects) have been damaged or destroyed. The Federal Government delegated the function of maintaining these vital corners to the State of Oregon upon statehood. The state, in turn, delegated the function of the Public Land Survey System to the County Surveyor of each county. The boundaries of all lands privately or publicly owned within the state are directly or indirectly affected by these corners; therefore, it is imperative that they be maintained in the most prudent manner. That is the function of the Corner Restoration program of the County Surveyor’s Office.
Government Corners Re-establishment Records
The Surveyor's Office provides this portal as a courtesy to the public in order to provide access to Government Corner records re-established by the County Surveyor. There are no warranties of fitness for a particular purpose accompanying the hosted documents. The most accurate and timely re-establishment records are housed at the County.
To access the record(s) for a particular corner, first select the Township and Range of your area of interest. Records are referenced by Geographic Coordinate Database (GCDB) number. Consult the Index to Corner Re-establishment Notes to determine the reference number of the document you wish to view. Alternatively, locate a record using the *NEW* Government Corners Index Map, above right.
Click the button below to launch the interactive web-map, which will enable you to view general locations of corners re-established by the County Surveyor, and to access corner records.
Do you have a corner in need of restoration?
Fill out the corner request form below. Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you.
Thank you for your help in protecting Jackson County’s Government Corners.
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