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Photograph

Compass Training

Date: 1937 

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

Date: 1982 

Description: A segment of the trunk of a pine bears the scars of a "blaze" carved with an ax and bearing the inscription: "XIX T. J. Cram, D. Houghton Aug 11, 1841." C...

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: 1970 

Description: "Surveying Crew on McArthur Rd. Sunny Brae farm is in background."

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

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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.

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.

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.

Date: 1950-03-16 

Description: Map of locations by blocks or areas of dwelling units in which violations of ordinance were apparent as part of the Madison Housing Authority Survey of Sub...

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: 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: 1871-07-01 

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

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: 1975 

Description: This map provides an index of outdated quadrangle maps for the state. Communities, counties, rivers, and lakes are labeled including Lake Michigan and Lake...

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...

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...

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Description: View of a crew surveying land, digging a ditch, and laying drain tile.

Date:  date unknown

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

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