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DOMINION LANDS SURVEY SYSTEM COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT

In July 1930, the Historical Sites and Monument Board of Canada erected this commemorative monument to the Dominion Lands Survey System at a site that is today along the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Headingley, west of Winnipeg. This monument is as well a tribute to the surveyors and their assistants who, despite many adversities over decades of demanding and challenging work, efficiently transformed an ambitious plan into a highly regarded infrastructure for the orderly settlement and peaceful occupation of land across western Canada.

The monument was unveiled on July 14, 1930 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Manitoba Land Surveyors.

The inscription on the monument reads: "The first marker of the Dominion Land Survey was placed 10 July, 1871 on the Principal Meridian about half a mile south of this site. The system, then inaugurated by Lieutenant-Colonel J. S. Dennis, Surveyor-General, extends across the prairies and to the pacific coast, embracing more than 200 million acres of surveyed lands in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and parts of British Columbia." and, in the french language: "Le10 juillet 1871, la premire borne du raseau topographique fut pose  environ un demi-mille au sud d'ici, sur le maridien principal. Le rseau inaugur par l'arpenteur ganral J. S. Dennis, traverse toutes les prairies jusqu la ca´te du Pacifique et tend sur plus de 200 millions d'acres de terres arpentes au Manitoba, en Sashatchewan, en Alberta et dans certaines parties de la Colombie-Britannique."

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