Barron County Mapping

or How to read a land description
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The following maps are here to help you find locations within Barron County by using the
Township / Range / Section coordinates that are available on most land records.

This map is the county map showing locations along with land marks, such as roads, riverways, etc.  I was not able to "blow" this up for you to see the coordinates, but you will find an explanation below.

As mentioned above, it is difficult to read the coordinates (Township and Range) on the map, so I will attempt to list them here as per township.

Starting from the upper left corner of the county and working across and down, this is the Township and Range numbers for each township.  Please see the map to the left below to get a clearer look at where each township or 'civil town' is located:


NAME OF CIVIL TOWN
TOWNSHIP
RANGE
Town of Maple Plain
36 N
14 W
Town of Lakeland
36 N
13 W
Town of Bear Lake
36 N
12 W
Town of Oak Grove
36 N
11 W
Town of Cedar Lake
36 N
10 W
Town of Crystal Lake
35 N
14 W
Town of  Cumberland
35 N
13 W
Town of Stanfold
35 N
12 W
Town of Rice Lake
35 N
11 W
Town of Doyle
35 N
10 W
Town of Almena
34 N
14 W
Town of Clinton
34 N
13 W
Town of Barron
34 N
12 W
Town of Stanley
34 N
11 W
Town of Sumner
34 N
10 W
Town of Turtle Lake
33 N
14 W
Town of Arland
33 N
13 W
Town of Maple Grove
33 N
12 W
Town of Prairie Lake
33 N
11 W
Town of Chetek
33 N
10 W
Town of Vance Creek
32 N
14 W
Town of Prairie Farm
32 N
13 W
Town of Dallas
32 N
12 W
Town of Sioux Creek
32 N
11 W
Town of Dovre
32 N
10 W

The map on the below on the left shows clearly the civil towns also known as townships for Barron County.  You can see that each of these townships are ideal in that they are perfectly square.  Each square or township is 6 miles by 6 miles in dimension.

Now let's find out more about Sections below.

The Township Numbering map on the right above shows the layout of sections within each township.  As you can see there are 36 sections within each township.  Each of these sections are a mile wide and a mile deep and contains 640 acres.  So a half section would be 320 acres and a quarter section would be 160 acres.  A quarter of a quarter would equal 40 acres of land.  A typical land description reads something like this:

Mr. J. Smith owned land in the SE¼ of the NE½ of Section 24 in T34N, R10W

Of course this is a fictitious name, but we can figure from this example that Mr. Smith owned 40 acres in the Town of Sumner in Section 24, his land being in the southeast corner of that northeast half.

Hopefully this will be useful to you in your future land searches.

And here's more map links for Barron County:

BARRON COUNTY WISCONSIN 1895
 

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