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Date: 1955-03-09 

Description: A man wearing a hat looks through the eye piece of his surveying instrument, called a 'theodolite,' which rests on a tripod.

Historical Essay

Surveying 1830s Wisconsin

Learn about the creation of Wisconsin's first maps, with links to the surveyors' notebooks and diaries and the state's first township maps.

Photograph

Surveying

Date: 1969 

Description: Three men surveying a point in southwestern Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Surveyor's Tree Blaze

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Surveyor's tree blaze from the 1841 expedition to lay out the boundary between Wisconsin and Michigan, found at Trout Lake, Vilas County, Wisconsin. (Museu

Date: 1950-03-16 

Description: Map of locations of blocks of dwellings rated as slums, as part of the Madison Housing Authority Survey of Substandard Housing.

Date: 1969 

Description: Five men surveying land across a road. They're standing near a barbed wire fence.

Photograph

Sand Barrens

Date: 1937-04-23 

Description: Sand barrens being used for poor crops. Note on back of print says "This should be in timber." Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory photograph.

Join cantankerous British geologist George Featherstonehaugh as travels to Madison in 1837 and finds things not as he expected them to be

Map or Atlas

Map of Milwaukee

Date: 1876 

Description: Made from U.S. Surveys and from minutes furnished by Jos. S. Buck and Dr. C. Chase. Scale 20 CHs to an inch.

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Description: Letterhead of H.I. Bliss, a real estate agent, civil engineer, and county surveyor in La Crosse, Wisconsin. On the left a group of three men are surveying...

Historical Essay

Burt's Solar Compass

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Solar Compass used to survey lands in Wisconsin and surrounding areas during the 1840s and 1850s. (Museum object #1962.60.2,A)

Date: 1960-02-02 

Description: The Madison Redevelopment Authority joined in the city's program of locating and permanently marking land survey corners in the Madison area. Here they mar...

Date: 1958-07-14 

Description: This is a Tellurometer, a microwave surveying instrument. The operator is Don Reed, field man for Alster and Associates, Washington, D.C., which completed...

Date: 1966-08 

Description: Compiled data regarding attitudes about the United States' involvement in Vietnam in 1966 broken down by gender, age, education level, household income, po...

Date: 1950-03-16 

Description: Map of areas surveyed by block number as part of the Madison Housing Authority Survey of Substandard Housing.

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: Portrait of a U.S. Army Engineer topographer wearing skis while in the process of surveying land. The engineer is standing next to a barbed wire obstacle k...

Learn about the first official government survey of Wisconsin Territory

Historical Object

Burt's Solar Compass

Date:  date unknown

Description: A brass solar compass, invented by William Austin Burt and built by William J. Young. It was used to survey lands in Wisconsin and surrounding areas during...

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Description: Person with wedding ring using a ruler, pencil, and protractor to draw a land cover map for Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory.

Date: 1839 

Description: Covers the southern part of Wisconsin, from Prairie du Chien to Green Bay.

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