This is the kind of item that gets a professional surveyor excited.
The DNR's Matt Dontz found this original cedar survey post in a stream near Atlanta, in Montmorency County recently. The General Land Office of the U.S. government did the survey of Michigan's townships in 1850. The post was set to mark a section, or quarter corner and were driven into the ground each half-mile. It was preserved by the water, Forestry and Surveying experts agree the find is extremely rare, even with today's GPS technology.
FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Large tornadoes swept through towns just south of Oklahoma City late Monday afternoon, killing at least 51 people and laying waste to numerous buildings, including more than one elementary school. Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman with the state medical examiner's office, said some of the 51 known to be dead by late evening were children. One of the tornadoes leveled Plaza Towers Elementary, a school in Moore, a city of 55,000 people about 15 miles south of Oklahoma City, the state capital. "We are trying to turn over every stick to find survivors" at Plaza Towers, said Jerry Lojka, a public-information officer for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. Mr. Lojka said the storm that struck Moore was 1¼ miles wide and had kicked up a ball of debris 2 miles wide. Read more here from The Wall Street Journal.