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Minnesota Original Public Land Survey Plat Maps, Digital Images, Geo-referenced

Metadata Updated: November 10, 2020

Minnesota's original public land survey plat maps were created between 1848 and 1907 during the first government land survey of the state by the U.S. Surveyor General's Office. This collection of more than 3,600 maps includes later General Land Office (GLO) and Bureau of Land Management maps up through 2001. Scanned images of the maps are available in several digital formats and most have been georeferenced. The survey plat maps, and the accompanying survey field notes, serve as the fundamental legal records for real estate in Minnesota; all property titles and descriptions stem from them. They also are an essential resource for surveyors and provide a record of the state's physical geography prior to European settlement. Finally, they testify to many years of hard work by the surveying community, often under very challenging conditions. The deteriorating physical condition of the older maps (drawn on paper, linen, and other similar materials) and the need to provide wider public access to the maps, made handling the original records increasingly impractical. To meet this challenge, the Office of the Secretary of State (SOS), the State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), MnGeo (formerly the Land Management Information Center - LMIC) and the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors collaborated in a digitization project which produced high quality (800 dpi), 24-bit color images of the maps in standard TIFF, JPEG and PDF formats - nearly 1.5 terabytes of data. Funding was provided by MnDOT. In 2010-11, most of the JPEG plat map images were georeferenced. The intent was to locate the plat images to coincide with statewide geographic data without appreciably altering (warping) the image. This increases the value of the images in mapping software where they can be used as a background layer.

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Metadata Date December 19, 2013
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2011 (publication)
Frequency Of Update unknown

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Harvested from Minnesota Geospatial Information Office

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date December 19, 2013
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2011 (publication)
Responsible Party Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo) (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: In obtaining this data from MnGeo, it is understood that you and/or your organization have the right to use it for any purpose. If you provide data to another user, it is your responsibility to provide appropriate content, limitation, warranty and liability information as you see fit., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long -89.0
Bbox North Lat 49.5
Bbox South Lat 43.0
Bbox West Long -97.5
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update unknown
Graphic Preview Description A portion of Township 48 N, Range 16 W (in Jay Cooke State Park) at 800 dpi, dated 1858 (MHS ID: 390)
Graphic Preview File
Harvest Object Id c5673f4d-0e8c-4f37-8a06-3f6447b42fcf
Harvest Source Id df350285-8807-4289-913e-a4c9d489b765
Harvest Source Title Minnesota Geospatial Information Office
Licence MnGeo's data disclaimer is online:
Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True

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