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View Resource Wisconsin Public Land Survey Records: Original Field Notes and Plat Maps

From 1832 to 1866 the federal General Land Office set off across Wisconsin to undertake a public land survey. During these three decades, they walked around bogs, marshes, prairies, forests, lakes, and streams to survey every inch of the state. The work helped established the township, range and section grid, which is the pattern upon which land ownership and land use is based. After the survey...