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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...

Map or Atlas

State of Wisconsin

Date: 1857 

Description: This map shows the township survey grid and identifies counties, named towns, cities and villages, rivers, lakes, and railroads. Boundaries are shown in bl...

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: 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...

Photograph

Township Map

Date:  

Description: Map, "Township No. 22 North, of Range No. 5 West of (?)", surveyed in 1846 and 1853.

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.

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: 1840 

Description: This map surveyed under the direction of Captain Thomas J. Cram is one in a series of seventeen that accompanied Cram's report on the Fox-Wisconsin river s...

Date: 1886 

Description: Front cover featuring illustrations of wheeled scrapers, drag scrapers, railroad plows and road graders.

Date: 1839 

Description: This map shows the portion of Wisconsin south and east of the Wisconsin and Fox rivers. Roads, forts, cities both existing and "planned" and counties are i...

Date: 1937-04 

Description: From back of print: "Dane County, Town of Middleton, north 1/2 section of section 17 looking SW from a hill across the valley showing erosion and stump pas...

Date: 1966-08 

Description: Front cover of a report by The Wisconsin Survey Research Laboratory on their public opinion research regarding Wisconsinites' attitudes toward the Vietnam...

Date: 1871-07-01 

Description: Railroad surveying party in camp somewhere north of Green Bay. The men were surveyors for the Chicago & Northwestern railroad extension.

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.

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: 1858 

Description: This map shows drainage, acreages, and timber in the area now part of the Town of Shanagolden. The map includes a survey table, a meanders table, and certi...

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: 1945 

Description: A group of men lay rails at Hawkins Mine while a man in the background uses surveying equipment.

Photograph

Compass Training

Date: 1937 

Description: Probably Native Americans receiving instructions on compass use for Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory.

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