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Cranetown Triangulation Site
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Boundaries & SurveysEra: 1800-1829DateCreated: 1817Kip's Castle ParkEssex CountyState: NJCountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Cranetown-Triangulation-Site/Creator: Hassler, Ferdinand

The precise system of measurements provided today by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey originated with an act of Congress under the administration of Thomas Jefferson in 1807 that funded work on "an accurate chart" of America's coastal waters. Intended to aid sea-going commerce, the first work on this project, carried out in 1816 and 1817, helped establish a complex grid of geodetic reference points on which much of our land- and sea-based navigation now depends. 

YearAdded:
1986
Image Credit: Source: http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/theodolites/hasslers_first_sketch.html (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)Image Caption: Cranetown Triangulation SiteEra_date_from: 1817
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