The book documents all 456 of the surveyors associated with the Washington Surveyor General's Office in the Contract Era, 1851-1910. Included are biographies, photos, work assignments and internment data. Most of these surveyors were private contractors operating in a political patronage system, with a broad range of expertise and ethics.
Beginning the book is a brief history of the General Land Office in Washington and the history of the surveyors here. There are 1300+ pages, including an appendix, and nearly 800 photographs. It is published in an eBook format, and a no cost download can be arranged by e-mailing Jerry at email@example.com.