The University of Oregon at Eugene has digitized and posted the "Donation
Land Claim" maps for Oregon. It is a real education to check through these
cadastral maps -- some have multiple years and other interesting things. The
patent owners are listed. I have been able to do a "township history" using
multiple years of these maps, and, with Photoshop, been able to plat them on
modern Google or other maps.
I recall that some other states have similar maps, but can't really tell you
how to find them. Suggest you might use:
State or county
as search terms.
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| Subject: [DMU] Public Lands State mapping
| For the very best understanding of the public land states is to visit your
| Bureau of Land Management office. You will learn the easiest way to read
| deeds (yes, read right to left in the description . That is from the
| amount to the least amount of area.)
| But, you will learn what other records they may have, or can get for you.
| may see microfilm (maybe digital now) of the original surveyors maps
| every tufts of grass (well almost) original waterways etc. They will
| have blank forms so that you can (make a dozen copies :-D) draw out the
| It is time well spent and you will gain valuable tools. Check for the
| office, make an appointment, even take a buddy or two.
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