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View Resource Wisconsin Public Land Survey Records: Original Field Notes

The area that now constitutes the state of Wisconsin was first surveyed by the federal government between the years 1833 and 1866. This survey was performed (as it was across the United States) to divide the public domain into salable-sized lots that could be sold or given away to both encourage settlement through this territory and raise monies for the federal government. While surveyors divided...
View Resource Bureau of Land Management Historical Photographs

While some of those U.S residents who never venture west of the mighty Mississippi River may be unfamiliar with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), most Westerners know this governmental agency quite well. The agency has been in existence in one form or another for more than a century, and is responsible for managing 262 million surface areas of America's public lands and their natural resources....