The Surveyors

The Surveyors
To praise surveyors I was never timid,
I scan the verses of the Iliad,
And find Athena at a bound’ry limit
"Which men in olden times established had."

I quote from Zechariah 2 with pleasure:
"Behold that man with ropes, he stretches them;
I lifted up mine eyes and saw him measure
The length and breadth of old Jerusalem."

He was a learned and hieroglyphic writer
Who parceled out the flood plains of the Nile.
He measured Rome’s transcontinental iter,
His mille passus turned into the mile.

He rode with Coronado’s hapless dreamers,
To take the latitude at their command.
He ran a line to distant, orange streamers,
And sectionized a young and boundless land.

They are the vanguard of civilization,
And as professionals they stand apart.
I have no modest, skittish hesitation
To praise surveyors and their ancient art.

About the Author

Fred Roeder, LS

Fred Roeder lives in Tularosa, New Mexico. He emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1957 and spent most of his surveying career in the Southwest, working for the U.S. Forest Service. Now retired, he started writing a regular column for the New Mexico Professional Surveyors Newsletter in 1988. In 1994, NMPS produced Antepasados, a book of his columns. Many surveyors are good writers, especially about technical or legal matters. However, it's not often that we find a surveyor/story-teller who can present historical facts in a manner that makes them fun to read. Fred Roeder is such a writer and we are pleased to present more than 80 of his stories here. Bibliography is a list of the books Fred used in his writings, and includes a numbered index of the articles. Index is a list of all the articles Fred has written and when. Editor's pick: The King Who Had No Title
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