The Atkinson Engineers Historical Timeline
In 1845 Texas became the 28th state of the United States. President Polk sent General Zachary Taylor (later President) to Texas with a force of 3,000 men to defend the new South border from Mexico. Our great, great, great grandfather, Charles Arden Russell was one of the 3,000. In 1846, he retired from the Army and became a deputy surveyor on the Texas frontier. Six generations later, we are still surveying and engineering Texas. See a timeline with highlights of our history in the slideshow above.