Sketch of the Public Surveys in the Territory of Minnesota


The surveyed portions of the Minnesota Territory in 1856.

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This fascinating early map of the Minnesota Territory was created by Charles Emerson, Surveyor General, in 1857; the year prior to statehood. Progress on surveyed townships is shown moving from the southeast up, along the course of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers.

Scattered settlements include a fledgling St. Paul, Itaska, Fort Snelling, Burlington, and Fort Ripley. The western state boundary, as ordered by an Act of Congress the same year of publication, is shown on the left side of the sheet extending to the national boundary with British Canada.

Lithographed by C.B. Graham in Washington, D.C. for inclusion in a Senate Report in the first session of the 35th Congress. An early map of Minnesota that would make a welcome addition to any collection of the Great Lakes states.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1857

Author: Charles Emerson

Sheet Width (in): 22.60

Sheet Height (in): 23.60

Condition: B

Condition Description: Heavy discoloration and wear along old fold lines, including bits of paper loss at fold intersections that have been refilled on the verso. Dirty thumb print in the lower right and a few scattered spots in the upper half of the sheet.


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