Public Surveys in Iowa

Iowa a mere five years after statehood.

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This interesting outline map of Iowa shows the progress of General Land Office surveying just five years after the Buckeye State was admitted to the Union. Letters within each outlined township represent its surveyed status as explained by the legend in the lower left.

Settlement is relatively limited and concentrated in the eastern half of the state along the Mississippi River and major towns include Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Burlington, Dubuque, Davenport, Muscatine, and Fairfield. Major geographic features are labeled, though the only topographic detail can be found appropriately near Council Bluffs. Fort Snelling in the Minnesota Territory is also noted.

The map was created by the General Land Office under the authority of Surveyor-General George Sargent and published in 1851. That same year, the large Sioux reservation noted across the top of the sheet was ceded to the U.S. Government according to the terms of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1851

Author: George B. Sargent

Sheet Width (in): 23.5

Sheet Height (in): 18.75

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Lightly creased along originally issued fold lines and some faint wear and discoloration in the upper left where the map was previously affixed to its binding. Light extraneous creases in the lower corners. Very good to near fine overall.

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