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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
This portal provides public access to records of Government Corners that have been re-established by the County Surveyor's Office. 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 a particular corner record, first select the Township and Range in which the corner lies. Rectangular corner records are referenced by Geographic Coordinate Database (GCDB) number. (See the Guide to Government Corner Indexing for help in determining the corner reference number). You can also locate corner records through our online mapping interface, the Government Corners Index Map (see above right).
This interactive web-map offers a visual interface for locating Government Corners that have been re-established by the County Surveyor's Office, and provides easy access to the corner records.
For questions or comments regarding the completeness or functionality of this application, please contact the Jackson County Surveyor’s office at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a corner in need of restoration?
Fill out the corner request form provided below. Email it to: email@example.com. We will contact you.
Thank you for your help in protecting the County’s Government Corners.
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