COAST & GEODETIC SURVEY
Nebraska State Surveys
The State Surveys was a government program that was part of the Civil Works Administration (CWA) that was designed as a work relief program during the Great Depression of the 1930's. The Federal Emergency Relief Administration contacted the United States Coast & Geodetic Survey to assist in administering a program that could help to find work for unemployed surveyors and engineers. Nearly every state across the country participated in the program. Specially designed brass survey markers were established during the course of this work. It is estimated that 470 brass disks in concrete were placed in Nebraska between the beginning of the program on November 28, 1933, and the end on March 31, 1934. Funding ran out before elevations could be established on many of the markers that were placed by work crews ahead of the leveling crews.