rectangular (government) survey system


A system established in 1785 by the federal government, providing for surveying and describing land by reference to principal meridians and base lines.

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You may want to try and use a rectangular survey system to make sure that you are getting the land you want.

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The rectangular survey system was a cool thing and it was established a long time ago and worked really great.

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Unless you have studied what is, you will be confused when you read county land description documents that refer to measurements in the rectangular survey system.

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