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Term: initial point (survey)

Definition: the intersection of the principal meridian and the first range line, from which the General Land Office rectangular survey proceeds in all directions; the initial point governing Wisconsin is on the Illinois border at the boundary between Grant and Lafayette counties.

[Source: More information about the G.L.O. survey in Wisconsin as well as digital images of the surveyors' original field notes are at http://libtext.library.wisc.edu/SurveyNotes/]
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