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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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Franklin County Engineer
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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Franklin County Engineer
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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Franklin County Engineer
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 Three

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Three

Rufus Putnam Advocates the Apportionment of Land

In the closing months of the American Revolution, Brigadier General and Surveyor Rufus Putnam advocated that war veterans and their families be allocated land in Ohio as compensation for their service. He was a supporter of the Newburgh Petition, signed by 288 Continental Army officers, which called for their pay to be in land warrants that could be redeemed or sold, and that resettled troops would protect the frontier.

Even though the initial proposal was denounced and its supporters labeled as “conspirators,” the petition influenced the legislatures of Virginia and Connecticut that had territorial claims in Ohio, as well as Congress, to set aside military bounty lands.

Putnam, a Massachusetts native, then created the Ohio Company of Associates, in 1786, which purchased 1.5 million acres of public land at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers. Marietta, the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory, was established there in 1788 by Putnam and a group of war veterans.

The use of purchased military warrants lowered the investors’ overall expense to 8.5 cents per acre. Congress also gave an additional 100,000 acres to encourage settlement, which became known as the “Donation Tract.”

Putnam fulfilled his promise to protect the frontier by serving in the Continental Army under the leadership of General Anthony Wayne during the Ohio Indian Wars. For his service to the nation, Putnam was appointed as the first “Surveyor General” of the United States in 1796, and as a Supreme Court Judge for the Northwest Territory.

When Congress passed the Enabling Act of 1802, permitting Ohio to become a state, the territory consisted of 20 federally recognized bodies of land, including the Virginia Military District, U.S. Military District, Refugee Tract, and U.S. Congress Lands that covered the state’s midsection. Nearly half of the acreage was designated for settlement by war veterans as envisioned by General Putnam.