"This thesis sets forth a recommended procedure for the computation of areas included in "rights of way," using the principle of double meridian distances.

For a considerable number of years, it has been the opinion of the author that steps should be taken to arrive at some form of standardization in the procedures necessary in the computation of areas involving right of way and to more or less standardize legal descriptions pertaining thereto.

One need only examine the records of the various County Recorders in one particular state or in different states and he would be entirely convinced that such a need is paramount.

The methods or procedures used for the computation of rights of way are almost as numerous as the number of agencies employing the same. One railway company will differ from another railway company; one public service or utility organization will differ from another public service or utility organization; the State of Missouri will differ from the State of Illinois, and the Federal Government has its own recommendations as to the correct procedure to be applied.

Needless to say, this wide variation of practice leads only to confusion and may subsequently result in lost boundaries.

The method and procedure set forth in this thesis was used by the author while under the employment by the State of Illinois for approximately ten years as Right of Way Engineer and is used in that state today. Although it may be a little more involved and take considerably more time than the average system used by other agencies, the ultimate result is one that will weather any type of legal action, and what is of more importance, will definitely fix points and boundaries for many generations to come"--Introduction, pages 1-2.


Carlton, E. W.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

Professional Degree in Civil Engineering


Leaves 14 and 19 were cut out of the original thesis.


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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iv, 63 pages


© 1949 Leon Hershkowitz, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Right of way -- Standards -- United States
Right of way -- United States

Thesis Number

T 823

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