Serving Southern Colorado since 1975

Southern Colorado Surveying and Mapping

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Southern Colorado Surveying & Mapping (Wachob)

Wachob & Wachob, Incorporated is a full-service surveying firm that is located in Colorado City, Colorado. Founded in 1975 by Lyle Howell and Bill Wachob, our company was known as Lyle Howell & Associates. Later, Mr. Howell accepted a position with a Denver firm. Then in 1978, Dan Wachob, Bill's brother, joined the business. We then changed the name to Wachob & Wachob, Inc. 


After 41 years, Bill and Dan decided to retire. Our company was then sold to Alan Altman on June 1, 2016. Before moving to Colorado, Alan became licensed in several states. He also had companies in Oklahoma. Today, Alan continues the tradition of quality surveys.

Land surveying and civil engineering is the primary focus of our company, which includes construction, subdivision design, land planning, aerial drone and engineering support and boundary surveys. Our goal is to provide a quality, accurate, and complete product that meets state and local requirements.

Public Land

Working in a "Public Land" state means having to find or reestablish the corners set in the original surveys of the public domain. In our area, that means looking for corners set in the mid to late 1800s. The survey of the "Public Domain" was begun in 1785, using such tools as a compass and chain, which was 66 feet long.

Many of the original monuments placed by the early surveyors were "pits and mounds." A hole was dug, the earth was mounded beside, and a charred stake was left in the pit. Many of the corners in our area were of this type, which makes the search for a property boundary challenging.

When available, the corners to the individual sections were marked with sandstone or other suitable stone. Typically, these were placed in a mound of stone. The location of the stone was chiseled on the rock using hash marks on its south and east faces. One mark on the south and one mark on the east meant that the corner was approximately 1 mile west and 1 mile north of the township's corner.

Original Stone