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As a local public works agency headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the Franklin County Engineer's Office is responsible for the maintenance and construction of 271 miles of county roadway and 351 county bridges, as well as upkeep of all county ditches, drains, retention basins, and other storm water facilities within the right-of-way of county roads in unincorporated areas. To meet the continuing development and infrastructure needs of Franklin County, the Engineer's Office utilizes the latest technologies for determining and maintaining roadway centerlines and boundaries; retracing and setting new monuments for original public land surveys; preparing geographic information system mapping for real estate tax assessments; and establishing precise countywide horizontal and vertical control to maintain uniformity in construction, surveying, and mapping.
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Franklin County Engineer
Box culverts have been installed on the Brand Road 1.82 over Bishop Ditch project. The next step will be to waterproof the boxes. Check back soon for updates.
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Franklin County Engineer
Demorest Road, north of the Alkire Road roundabout is under construction due to a storm sewer replacement project. The intersection of Alkire Road at Demorest Road (Phase 2) is now closed. The closure is expected to last approximately twenty (20) days, weather permitting.
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Franklin County Engineer
The Reese Road Bridge over Big Walnut Creek Bridge Replacement project is underway. Check back soon for updates.
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Franklin County Engineer
Demorest Road, north of the Alkire Road roundabout, is currently closed for storm sewer replacement. Phase 2 of the closure, the intersection of Alkire Road at Demorest Road, will begin July 23, 2024 and is expected to last approximately twenty (20) days, weather permitting.
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Franklin County Engineer
Despite some rain, we're having a great time at the Franklin County Fair Family Fun Day! Stop by our Touch-A-Truck between Gates 3 and 4. We'll be here until 5 p.m.!
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Franklin County Engineer
Family Fun Day is tomorrow at the Franklin County Fair. Stop by our Touch-A-Truck event between Gates 3 and 4 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and our Make and Take activity in the Activities Tent (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) for a fun time!
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970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
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Surveyor’s Journal Entry Eleven

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Eleven

Canadian War Refugees are Compensated with Land

As early as 1783, Congress had discussed the idea of compensating Canadian citizens that had lost property as a result of their support of the American Revolution.

In 1801, Deputy Surveyor Elnathan Schofield was assigned the task of resurveying a narrow strip of Congress Lands, between modern-day Fifth Avenue and Refugee Road, in preparation for the resettlement of Canadian refugees. The Refugee Tract was four-and-a-half miles wide, north to south, and reached eastward from the Scioto River a distance of 48 miles through modern-day Franklin, Licking, Fairfield, and Perry Counties.

One of the first to be awarded land by Congress was Colonel James Livingston, of Quebec and New York State, who had commanded the 1st Canadian Regiment of the Continental Army. He received 1,280 acres in the vicinity of the township that would be named in honor of his cousin Janet’s husband, General Richard Montgomery, who was killed leading an attack on Quebec City in December 1775.

By 1812, there were 67 Canadian refugee families that had been granted approximately 58,000 acres of the 103,527 acre tract.

Within Franklin County, the tract was eventually divided into the following political subdivisions:

Montgomery Township (1807), which became Marion Township (1873) following partial annexation by Columbus
Truro Township (1810)
Town of Columbus within Montgomery Township (1812)
Town of Reynoldsburg within Truro Township (1831)

The sale of land and land warrants by Canadian refugees enabled the creation of Ohio’s capital.