5 Public Land Survey System

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Unformatted text preview: Public Land Survey System (PLSS) U.S. Public Lands Survey System (PLSS) 1776 – Declaration of Independence Created one of the most ambitious and extensive boundary creations Statute of 1785 created system Still used today Basic purpose – Avoid the errors and confusion regarding boundary lines and land ownership • Prevalent in the colonial states PLSS What is it? A “rectangular” (grid) survey system U.S. Public Lands Survey System (PLSS) Initial legislation Proposed by a committee • Headed by Thomas Jefferson • Inuagurated: Land Act of 1784 – Replaced by Land Act of 1785 First sectionalized survey Tested northwest of the Ohio River Called Seven Ranges in Ohio Had no written instructions U.S. Public Lands Survey System (PLSS) Seven Ranges Square townships • 6 miles on a side – Outside corners were set a 1 mile intervals – Inside corners were protracted – Sections were numbered, starting along the east boundary, running south to north PLSS Setting monuments – “marking corners” Various materials • Pits, mounds, stones, wooden posts, charcoal, bottles, pipes, etc....
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course C E 111 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.

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