Surveying has been a vital part of the Land Office since the establishment of the agency in 1836. Surveying determines the precise location of state-owned land and minerals, worth vast sums of money. Land Office surveys define the boundaries of all Permanent School Fund land, all 254 Texas counties, and Texas itself.
This includes 200,000 miles of boundary between private and state-owned properties along navigable streams and private uplands and state-owned submerged lands along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Because state-owned land and minerals are very valuable to the taxpayers, accurate surveys are a vital part of the Land Office mission.
Measuring the gaps . . .
One of the most important jobs of Land Office surveyors is to investigate gaps or overlaps in old surveys known as vacancies and excesses. Learn More