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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: 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: 1950-03-16 

Description: A chart showing distribution of 1,148 substandard dwelling units found in the survey area, by basic type of fault, as part of the Madison Housing Authority...

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...

Photograph

Surveying

Date: 1969 

Description: Three men surveying a point in southwestern Wisconsin.

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...

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: 1784 

Description: Map showing fifty thousand acres of land in what will later become Kentucky, broken up into parcels labeled 1 through 50. No features are labeled, but the...

Date:  

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...

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.

Date:  

Description: Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory mapping crew starting out in the snow for instruction.

Map or Atlas

Map of Pekatolica

Date: 1836 

Description: This map is ink and watercolor on paper and shows a plat of a paper city (a city planned but never built). Some streets and the Pekatolica River are labele...

Date: 1969 

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

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: 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.

Date: 1835 

Description: This map of Wisconsin Territory was compiled by public surveys in 1835; it is limited to modern-day southern Wisconsin. Included are two insets – one of th...

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How Wisconsin was Divided

Discover how the Ordinance of 1787 extended government, prohibited slavery and led to the survey of public lands north of the Ohio River.

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: 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...

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