Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shafted!

I'd always thought it was odd because Google Earth showed the front two corners of my property to be on the other side of the road, but I took it as a mistake. However, some time back I noticed an ancient stake about 9 feet on the other side of the road and about 80 feet south of where I have the property line marked on the other side of the road. Yesterday evening I got the idea to take my GPS to the old stake and with the land coordinates in hand also I took a reading and found that the stake is in fact the Northeast corner of my property.
Ok... that shifts my property line a total of 27 feet east and 80 feet south of where I thought it was. I now find that the road actully runs through my property rather than in front of it. Then I go in search of the Southeast corner and about the same distance across the road from where I'd marked the Southeast corner before I see a red volcanic rock setting there. Once again I took the GPS and took a reading and that red rock marked the Southeast corner. It was even further off the road though because the road actually runs a little to the west.
Of course this doesn't really effect me because everything here is still well within the property line, but its  the fact that the road splits my property that bugs me. I guess I can't complain too much though because the land bordering mine to the north is split in half. 5 acres on one side of the road and 5 acres on the other side. Just makes me wonder about the way the ranch is laid out!

At least now having that straightened out I took the time to find the Northwest corner and will find the Southwest corner tomorrow and mark it.

16 comments:

  1. Be careful - what you take as the property line could be an offset. James found my corners dead center in the middle of the road, and marked my property's front corners in 25 feet from the actual property line with iron rods and wood stakes. There are good sized nails pounded into the road at my actual corners.

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  2. Abby, I was going by what was posted for the corners when I bought the land and it comes out pretty near right on at those two land marks. I don't plan to build anything on the other side of the road so its not a real big deal.

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  3. David, I'm a little south of you on the other side of 118. I have about 40 feet of property on the other side of my North/South road (Javalina Run). They laid out the plots independent of the roads. Now when the law comes down your road, they are trespassing :-)

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  4. Imagine that Bruce. I wonder what they will do when I tell them to leave or I'll call the Sheriff? Do I tell the sheriff's deputies I'll call the border patrol or the park rangers? ;)

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  5. Tffnguy

    I dont like google earth. Google Earth lets people (and the goverment) check out houses, backyards etc. Lots of people have had items stolen from backyards and city goverments have acutally "taxed" and "fined" residents from photo's on google earth. As per the road on your property, I would become a "Troll" and start a 'road tax" or for safe passage on your property. hahahahah, if the goverment can make silly taxes, you can too.

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  6. Captain, I don't like it either for those reasons and because I've had a lot of trouble with it in the past and present. (I can't even get it to work on this computer now) Never the less it does have its good points and I don't look for it to go away so we're stuck with it like it or not.

    austinmodhouse, I don't want to have to move the It'll Du to the road. Not to mention staying in it all day. ;)

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  7. You don't suppose they bothered to register "right of ways" with the county, do you? I am sure if they did, it was before you purchased the property.

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  8. DD, there are already law suits going between the ranch and people putting gates up on roads going through their land. I don't care to add to that. Maybe I'll do like JW and build an arch over the road on both ends of my property. Ah... Na I guess I'll just live with it. I guess I could put a very narrow strip mall on the other side of the road. ;)

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  9. You are lucky it goes through and you don't have to deal with an easement. I found 3 of my origional markers..in a pile of rocks and the fourth is iver the mountain someplace. I had already bought a GPS and couldn't figure out how to work it off of ebay..I gave it to my old neighbor after I found my markers as I will never need it again. If your stip mall has a bar I'll show up..: )

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  10. Frann, Smitty's bar and grill is across the road here. ;)

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  11. Texas law. After 20 years of use the right of free passage on any path, trail, road is assumed unless there have been complaints filed. Or not?

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  12. Well sucks! I guess there goes my toll booth. Guess I'll have to resort to nail strips across the road. They will still have free passage, but would need new tires by the time they got through. Maybe I can open up a tire store? That would probably make more $$$ than a toll booth anyway.

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  13. Interesting thread. Terlingua ranch is so wacky! Do they still exist as a property company, or anything else? I am serious about buying a piece of property there.

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  14. Allen, the ranch is still alive and SICK. (As usual) Maybe things will change for the better eventually?

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  15. Thanks, Dave. We'll be down for the Chili Cook-Off in a couple weeks, and will check in with you on the way in. I think I'm going to get together with a realtor this time and look at some properties.

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