Josh Martin, co-owner of Landmark Surveying Services of Monticello, is pictured here on the cover of Point of Intersection, the magazine for the state’s professional surveyors organization. The magazine features a story, written by Martin’s business partner Wes Fletcher, about Martin and Fletcher’s experience surveying the St. Francis Sunken Lands in Poinsett County.
Their company was retained to conduct a boundary survey in the area around what was known as the St. Francis Lake, created during the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812. During the course of their survey they recovered seven original General Land Office survey monuments. The iron pipes were badly deteriorated from a century of weathering and the detached brass caps were recovered under the sediment adjacent to the pipes.
“We, as surveyors, uncover or rediscover history every day in our profession,” Fletcher said. “Tales of massive earthquakes, uninhabited areas and ancient writings of our predecessors add to the adventure.”
Fletcher, who co-owns Landmark Surveying Services with Martin, is the elected Drew County Surveyor and president of the Arkansas Society of Professional Surveyors.