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Date: 1940-04-11 

Description: This blue line print map shows survey monument markers by type and industrial buildings and covers part of the lower Fox River and East River. The map incl...

Date: 1950-03-16 

Description: Map of locations by block of dwellings rated as blighted as part of the Madison Housing Authority Survey of Substandard Housing.

Date: 1848 ca.

Description: Map of Wisconsin and a portion of Minnesota showing the township surveys in progress in portions of the Saint Croix River region and in central Wisconsin a...

Date: 1836-11 

Description: This map is pen-and-ink on paper and is a plat of a paper city on the Wisconsin River, in what is now the Town of Dekorra. The map shows lot and block numb...

Date: 1925-11 

Description: This blueprint manuscript map shows an addition. The map was surveyed and platted for B.G. Proctor, president, and George Peterson, secretary, of the Corne...

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: Outdoor view 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 obstac...

Date: 1950-03-16 

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

Date: 1920 

Description: A.L. Webster takes notes in a notebook while using tools to do surveying work in a field. Another man stands holding a rod in the background near what appe...

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.

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Description: Series 698, General Land Office Survey Plats, vol. 1.

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: Outdoor view of a U.S. Army Engineer topographer wearing skis while using a tripod stand to write. The engineer is standing next to a barbed wire obstacle...

Date: 1864 

Description: This map of the entire state of Wisconsin depicts the township survey grid and identifies counties, named towns, cities and villages, rivers, lakes, railro...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Field notes taken for T6N R17E between 6 and 7 on the original township survey of Wisconsin.

Map or Atlas

Wisconsin Index Map

Date: 1956 

Description: A map depicting the for systems of land description in Wisconsin, which include metes and bounds, U.S. System of Rectangular Surveys, Latitude and longitud...

Date: 1859 

Description: This hand-colored map shows township and range in pink, blue, yellow, and orange, land ownership, includes 16 city inset maps showing land ownership, and 5...

Date: 1911 

Description: Workers erect a steam driven pile driver while others survey for the railroad extension from the village of Prairie du Sac to the dam site on the Wisconsin...

Speculating on a Dream

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

Historical Essay

Kilbourn, Byron (1801-1870)

Land Speculator and Politician

Brief biography of surveyor, land speculator, railroad promoter and politician Byron Kilbourn, twice elected mayor of Milwaukee.

Date: 1859 

Description: This map, which includes eastern Iowa and northern Illinois but omits the northern and northwestern tiers of counties in Wisconsin, shows the township surv...

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