The original public land survey plats were drawn with
essentially standardized symbology, however styles vary from plat to
plat. Because each map was hand drawn, the artistry and penmanship
of each plat is unique. Some of the plats were drawn with color,
others in shades of gray, and others in black and white.
The level of detail captured in each plat map was
dependent on the diligence and accuracy of the individual surveyors.
Some surveyors noted a large variety of physical features and created
maps of remarkable detail, while other surveyors were less meticulous.
The varying nature of these maps makes it impossible to
create a definitive legend. You will likely encounter notations
and symbols that are not included below. The following is intended
as a helpful tool to aide the use of the maps. For definitions to
unfamiliar terms consult the glossary.
example - field, lake, stream, windfall, etc.
Boundary Lines and
Measurements: example - section, sub-sections, government
lots, stream width, etc
Other Map Features:
example - meanders, dates, official signatures