Dedication of the Joseph C. Brown Memorial

by Stan Emerick

The fall weather forecast called for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-sixties. One could not have asked for a nicer day to celebrate this special occasion. It had been more than a year since the proposition to pursue this memorial was brought to the St. Louis Chapter of the surveyor’s society. An impromptu crusade brewed within the survey community to recognize a unique figure in the year of a significant anniversary. Plans were formulated! A committee was formed! Funds for a monument were raised! The coming year represented the two hundredth anniversary of the inauguration of the Fifth Principal Meridian. What better opportunity would there be to celebrate the achievements of one of those first surveyors? Specifically, the one that would go on to shape the future State of Missouri: Joseph Cromwell Brown.

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Excerpts and images are from the December 2015 issue of Missouri Surveyor: Pages (Covers) 2-6, 20 & 21.