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    Michigan Railroads: "Traverse District Government Plats and Department G. R & I. R. R." Book (Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Company), 9.5" x 11.25", partly printed, with near 150 linen pages of township diagrams for the Traverse District of northern Michigan, with dates from the second half of the eighteenth century, many dealing with Michigan Indians.

    Formed in 1854, the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad was, at its apex, an important link carrying freight and passengers from the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan, to Cincinnati, Ohio. It was eventually incorporated into the Pennsylvania Railroad. Each diagram in the book contains one township (thirty-six square miles), which is divided into 36 sections (each one square mile), which are further divided into sixteen 640 acre lots. At the tops of each diagram are listed the specific township number, range, and meridian. In the bottom right corner of most diagrams is the handwritten date of that particular township's last survey. Notes are included within the diagrams containing information on the ownership of sections and lots. At the bottom of each page are six blank lines which were used for handwritten notes concerning the diagram. Some notes simply read, "The vacant lands withdrawn from sale by order of the President April 14, 1844". Some diagrams show townships, sections, and lots assigned to Michigan Indian tribes. Throughout, "X"s are used to delineate "selections made by Indians under Treaty July 31, 1855". Some whole townships are noted as "reserved for Indian purposes by order of the President May 14 '55." For example, notes for the township located at the tip of Burt Lake, thirty miles south of the Straits of Mackinac, read, "Township reserved under Treaty of 30 July 1855, for Cheboygan Band of Indians. Ms. To R. & R. Apl 24 '56". Many whole sections are delineated for railroad ownership.

    The book contains two fold-out maps, 8.5" x 13", each showing a township mostly surrounded by water. At the tops of most diagrams are printed, "These Diagrams can be obtained of H. J. Frost, Land Agent, Washington D.C." All diagram are laid on linen pages. Full calf binding designs in gilt to covers; raised bands to spine. This book, worthy of much further research, is in near fine condition.


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