Professional Land Surveyors Association (IPLSA) commissioned sculptor
John McClarey to complete this significant work based on the original
pen-and-ink artistry of noted Lincoln
artist Lloyd Ostendorf. Following
the death of Lloyd Ostendorf, his brother
Ned modified the print for greater
Statue depicts 25-year-old Abraham Lincoln standing 6 feet, 4 inches
tall, wearing a loose cotton shirt and jacket with pants and boots.
historians, Lincoln enthusiasts, small firms and large corporations
were invited to contribute toward the $130,000 that it cost to make
the Lincoln Surveyor Statue Project a reality.
was received gratefully, regardless of size. Gold Compass Donors
were recognized on the statue base and received Lincoln surveying mementos.
These items are now available for purchase.
work as a surveyor was first documented by Adin Baber, a surveyor from
southeastern Illinois. While researching his genealogical connection
to the family of Lincolnís mother, Nancy Hanks, Mr. Baber began to document
Abraham Lincolnís surveying work.
his death in the 1970s, Mr. Baber researched early surveying instruments
made by the Hanks family, studied the surveying laws under which Abraham
Lincoln worked, and resurveyed and redrew plats from many original Lincoln
surveys. He visited the towns Lincoln helped lay out and even
located some of the bearing trees Lincoln used to establish critical
then published a book, A. Lincoln with
Compass and Chain, to document his research. This book contains
much of the information we know today about how Lincoln practiced surveying,
and it became the impetus for the Lincoln Surveyor Statue Project.
If you have questions about the Lincoln Surveyor Statue Project or want
to know how you, your organization or your firm can assist with fund-raising,
Lincoln Surveyor Statue Project
Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association
203 South Walnut Street -- P.O. Box 588
Rochester, Illinois 62563-0588
Robert E. Church