Witness Trees E

Point E: “Half-Mile Mark Between Sections 16 and 21”

Image File: Original Land Survey, Twp 7N, Rge 9E, 16-17 N, 16-21E

At this midway point along the line between sections 16 and 21, located toward the southern end of the modern UW Hospital complex, Deputy Surveyor Orson Lyon set a post and sighted to two trees:

“B. [black] Oak 5N 41E 25” and “Do [ditto] 12S 61E 47”

Translated (converting the final number in each entry from surveyor’s links to feet, and ignoring the initial compass bearing information), this means that he found black oak trees, one 16.5 feet from the post, the other 31 feet from the post. This suggests a fairly open oak forest.

Learn how to read and interpret this data with the help of our page Original land survey notes for the Lakeshore Nature Preserve vicinity, December 1834.