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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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It’s National Transportation Week. We recognize the importance of safe and efficient transportation infrastructure and celebrate those who design, build, and maintain it. A special thanks to #TeamFCEO for their dedication to the traveling public.
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Friday, May 20th, is Bike to Work Day! Cycling to work increases fitness, saves on fuel, and reduces carbon emissions. Plan your route to work by visiting http://centralohiogreenways.com/our-trails/. #BikeMonth
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During the Light Ohio Blue campaign, we have turned the lights on the Lane Avenue Bridge blue in support of law enforcement officers. Thank you to all who serve or have served to protect our communities. #LightOhioBlue2022
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Schleppi Road, between Fancher Road and Walnut Street, is now open to traffic.
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It’s Light Ohio Blue week! Show your support for fallen officers or those continuing to serve, and replace your current exterior porch light with a blue light bulb. #LightOhioBlue2022
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Mann Road, between Havens Road and Clark State Road, is closed for drainage improvements. This closure is expected to last three weeks, weather permitting.
Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
fracoeng@franklincountyengineer.org
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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.