A method of legal description of real estate established in 1785 by the federal government, by which land is referenced by proximity to principal meridians and base lines. Also called the U.S. government survey system and the section and township system.
used in 30 US states, this system for finding, describing, and measuring real estate uses government standards, surveys, and practices.The rectangular survey system is also called the United States Government Survey System.
the system of measuring land using a base line running east and west and a meridian line running north and south that intersect at right angles. From this point, townships were surveyed and, within them, sections. See metes and bounds.
A system established in 1785 by the federal government, which provides for the surveying and describing of land by reference to principal meridians and base lines; also called U.S. government survey system and section and township system.
A system for the legal description of land that refers to the parcel's location in a township, an area approximately six miles square that is formed by the intersection of principal meridians and base lines. Each township contains 36, one-square-mile sections of 640 acres.
a method of surveying propety provided for under the Land Ordinance of 1785 passed by the Continental Congress which divided the public land states into thirty-seven separate survey systems, each separate survey consisting of a starting point, an east-west running base line, and a north-south running principal meridian