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    I was digging on the internet and trying to find more information on the history of damage prevention and locating.
    Which state had the first dig law and when?
    Was it the result of a disaster?....

    Does anyone know this information or know where I can go to find out more? The internet just gives links to every different state 811 and ads for private and public locate companies.

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    I believe Virginia was the first, but don't quote me on that.
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    Go to Staking "U" website. They may be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifinditunderground View Post
    "I believe Virginia was the first"
    We will not quote you on that.
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    http://http://www.ospmag.com/issue/a...012009-McCarty

    I am going with either the following cities New york city, philly, boston or chicago just because they would be centers in 1883. This article I found stated in nov,5, 1883 was the first telephone cable to be buried and it was hit on the same day and needed to find the fault and repair it. that was when locating got it's birth. This is statement referenced in the article. seems even today some of our DM's think like this. Still waiting for better heads to come along

    "Unfortunately, the early practice was to assign a member of the sick, lame, or lazy (he was the fellow who had trouble understanding air pressure) to this difficult task. Untutored and untrained, this person was the chief defender of the underground environment. The complexity of the task was soon recognized, however, and better heads were assigned."

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    something I found interesting while searching about this

    Who Is Hitting What
    million damages in US in 2007
    90% are telecom or natural gas lines
    75% by backhoes, excavators, trenchers
    Inaccurate marking or no marking
    Insufficient care during excavation

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintitnow View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    I was digging on the internet and trying to find more information on the history of damage prevention and locating. Does anyone know this information or know where I can go to find out more?


    I am going with either the following cities New York City, Philly, Boston or Chicago just because they would be centers in 1883. This article I found stated in Nov 5, 1883 was the first telephone cable to be buried and it was hit on the same day. [Telephone repair crews] needed to find the fault and repair it. That was when locating got it's birth. This is a statement referenced in the article:

    "Unfortunately, the early practice was to assign a member of the sick, lame, or lazy (he was the fellow who had trouble understanding air pressure) to this difficult task. Untutored and untrained, this person was the chief defender of the underground environment. The complexity of the task was soon recognized, however, and better heads were assigned."

    Seems even today some of our DM's think like this.

    WoW paintitnow - I learned something reading your found article. It makes sense the first locating equipment ever used in 1883 was witching sticks.

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