A Wisconsin surveyor describes running lines in the 1830's.

John Brink, An Old Government Surveyor


Before the land could be sold, it needed to be surveyed and mapped into parcels that settlers could buy. The life of a G.L.O. surveyors who conducted the survey was difficult, since the survey parties had to follow the compass relentlessly over hills, through swamps, and into forests as well as across sunny meadows.

In his seven years as a surveyor, the author of this short memoir traversed much of southern Wisconsin, as well as parts of Iowa and Michigan. He tells of his encounters with Indians and bureaucrats, a close escape during the Black Hawk War, meeting early miners such as Henry Gratiot, and how Lake Geneva got its name.




Related Topics: Explorers, Traders, and Settlers
The Northwest Ordinance, 1787
Creator: Brink, John, 1811-
Pub Data: Milwaukee Journal, Jan. 24, 1899
Citation: Brink, John. "John Brink, An Old Government Surveyor." Milwaukee Journal Jan. 24, 1899; Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=342; Visited on: 12/18/2014
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