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Perch:
See pole .

PK:
Point Known

PK nail:
A surveyor's nail that marks a survey point. See also hub and tack.

Plat:
A drawing of a parcel of land.

Pogo:
Prism pole

Point:
A point of the compass. There are four cardinal points (North, South, East, West), and 28 others yielding 32 points of 11.25 degrees each. A survey line's direction could be described as a compass point, as in "NNE" (north northeast). To improve precision, the points would be further subdivided into halves or quarters as necessary, for example, "NE by North, one quarter point North". In some areas, "and by" meant one half point, as in "NE and by North".

Point of Beginning:
The starting point of the survey

Pole:
Unit of length and area. Also known as a perch or rod. As a unit of length, equal to 16.5 feet. A mile is 320 poles. As a unit of area, equal to a square with sides one pole long. An acre is 160 square poles. It was common to see an area referred to as "87 acres, 112 poles", meaning 87 and 112/160 acres.

Pueblo:
A Spanish grant of less than 1000 acres.

Punk:
See railroad.
 
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