Few people know the history of the first US public land surveys. Georgetown played its part by providing the services of its long time resident and pioneer surveyor – John Bever. John Bever not only laid out Georgetown, he surveyed the Third Range of the Northwest Territory in 1799. Before 1785, the Ohio River had been the recognized boundary between the United States and Indian territory.
I loaded a brief summary of the history of the Point of Beginning. It is a good read. The monument celebrating its history is located on the north bank of the Ohio at the Ohio and PA state line. Additional photographs of the monument and the PA and OH historical markers are loaded in Point of Beginning Photos.
A good description of the dedication of the Point of Beginning marker on 30 Sep 1960 (175th anniversary) is found on the East Liverpool Historical Society website.
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