Lucas & Company, LLC

Early Surveyors and Surveying in Illinois

Early Surveyors and Surveying in Illinois – Half Day or Full Day (Nominally 4.0 or 8.0 Contact Hours)
Perhaps not well-know today, A.Z. Enos was one of the leading figures in the early development of Springfield, Illinois. He was also a leader in the land surveying community during his time. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1821, the Enos family moved to Madison County, Illinois, and then later to Sangamon County, where Enos’ father, Pascal P. Enos, was instrumental in laying out the town of Springfield in the 1820’s. Young Enos studied civil engineering, joined a law firm in Springfield, eventually becoming a member of the Bar which included the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Not happy with the law, A.Z. Enos pursued land surveying, serving several terms as county surveyor, alderman and member of the school board. Perhaps Enos’ most important cross-road with history was his involvement in acquiring the famous Lincoln “Opinion Letter” on the rules for the subdivision of sections. This program will study the early surveys in Illinois and the events leading up to Abraham Lincoln penning his famous surveying opinion. Power Point presentation.
OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.