Section Line Trivia
Alan Leigh Armstrong
armstrng at DELTANET.COM
Tue Aug 19 17:49:54 PDT 1997
>The same is true elsewhere - the main North South street in Indianapolis is
>Meridian, being the 2nd Principal Meridian. Denver is laid out on much the
>same pattern as is described for Chicago. A main street in Boulder Colo is
>Baseline Rd. and on and on...
>> Jefferson ordered a survey of the Louisiana Purchase (the
>>Jeffersonian Survey) that continued the pattern of mile-square sections and
>>six-mile-square townships. And the same pattern was applied to other
>>unsurveyed areas of the country. All over the country, roads were laid out
>>on the section lines. Not surprisingly, the pattern remains more regular in
>>some places than in others.
>> True Trivia: The main streets of Chicago are laid out on the
>>section-line roads and make perfect one-mile squares, criss-crossed by
>>diagonals laid out on other grounds. North, East, and West of State and
>>Madison, the section-line roads are every 800 street numbers -- 800, 1600,
>>2400, etc. The south-side numbers are irregular; the section-line roads are
>>Roosevelt (1200), Cermak (2200), 31st, 39th, and every 800 thereafter to at
>>least 211th St. in the far south burbs.
>>At 09:45 AM 8/18/97 -0500, you wrote:
>>> Another correction: I suppose I am too much a romantic about my home
>>> state of Nebraska. After reading the correction that I made Friday
>>> afternoon regarding the Mississippi river, I failed to realize that
>>> the geography we now call Nebraska could not have been part of the
>>> Northwest Territory included in the Land Ordinance of 1785. However,
>>> Nebraska *is* striped by the section lines that I described, but that
>>> is probably due to the Northwest Ordinance (of 1787).
>>> Rob Hotz
>>> Lincoln, Nebraska
Add to the list Baseline in San Bernardino County. It is just North of
Highway 66 (Foothill/Alosta).
In North & West Orange County, California, Major streets (Valley View/Bolsa
Chica, Springdale, Golden West/Knott, Beach, and others are 1 mile apart
with less important streets half way between.
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