"John Wilson surveying Isham's." This 1888 George Baldwin photograph is a joke. What is purported to be a survey in progress is actually a burlesque— the surveyor's transit is an empty beer case mounted on a stepladder and the sighting scope, which is mounted on the beer case, is nothing more than an empty whiskey bottle. His assistant, near the porch, is holding a sapling pole to represent a level rod. For the whole story, see Frederick A. Isham. Adirondack Daily Enterprise Weekender, June 13, 1992 Many historic surveying records were passed down to those now working in this area.