Boundary Markers: Have You Seen One?

Release Date: 
Jul 18, 2016

Boundary Markers: Have You Seen One?
by
Mike Chesnes 

Boundary markers in our community are usually sunken reinforced concrete posts roughly 5x5 inches at the many corners of GHI's property. The Woodlands Committee is interested in locating as many of these markers as possible; our immediate goal is to determine precisely where trails on GHI's woodland parcels cross into City property. We can use your help; if you know where one is or can participate in our search, please contact Michael Chesnes (mchesnes@hotmail.com) or George Bachman (gbachman@ghi.coop.)

Please don't remove any of the markers. Not only do their positions indicate valuable legal and geographic information, they are also heavy and deeply buried in clay soil. Their appearances are not identical, but similar to the ones shown here. There are also some markers that are taller metal pipes filled with concrete.   If you find one, or already know where one is, please mark it with a stake and ribbon such as shown below or in some other way that will help us find it again.  Be sure to note its location as precisely as you can, and send that info, and pictures if possible, to mchesnes@hotmail.com.  A map of GHI property is attached with some markers noted.

               

 

While a few of the markers have been found with the help of topographic maps, the clay soil and brushy invasive understory near the edges of many of our parcels make it difficult to see the markers, even when standing near them. Furthermore, some of the property boundaries of greatest interest are along the City's Forest Preserve, and markers there are completely surrounded by woods, making it a real challenge to find to them.

The Woodlands Committee's ongoing effort to establish GHI's woodland boundaries could benefit from experience with surveying, cartography, geocaching, orienteering and other geographic skills.  A great activity for a family outing!  Your interest and assistance are welcome.

 

Boundary Markers Found:

1 = Northeast corner of Parcel L (behind 6 court of Ridge Road)

• Square concrete with rebar embedded in center

2 = Southeast corner of Parcel G (behind 24 court of Ridge Road and Green Ridge House)

• Square concrete with rebar embedded in center

3= Southeast corner of Parcel One (between GHI Boat Yard and Community Garden plots)

• Square concrete with rebar embedded in center

4= South edge of Parcel C (along the north edge of Northway)

• Round metal pipe filled with concrete

5= South edge of Parcel C (along the north edge of Northway)

• Round metal pipe filled with concrete

6= North edge of Parcel D (along the south edge of Northway)

• Metal fence post