Sketch of the Public Surveys in Wisconsin and Territory of Minnesota


Surveyed townships across Minnesota and Wisconsin from the mid-19th century.

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This sparse map of Wisconsin and the Minnesota Territory shows the progress of public surveying achieved by the General Land Office as of the fall of 1854. The image is divided into townships, each of which contains a letter representing its status according to the key in the lower left corner. Meridians, correction lines, and other helpful reference points are included.

The map also presents a handful of fascinating contemporary details, such as the location of various Native American reservations, lands formerly and currently occupied by indigenous tribes, international and interstate boundaries, and a handful of scattered settlements and military outposts.

The map was drafted by Warner Lewis, Surveyor General, and published as part of the Senate Congressional Report to the Bureau of Topographic Engineers.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1854

Author: Warner Lewis

Sheet Width (in): 23.4

Sheet Height (in): 19

Condition: B

Condition Description: Moderate discoloration along original fold lines (now flattened) and several areas of faint to moderate discoloration within the image. Uneven margins show some wear and soiling.


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