Government Rectangular Survey


Definition of "Government rectangular survey"

Aubrey Pentycofe
Aubrey Pentycofe The Real Estate Guys, Inc.

Way in which the U.S. government uses to subdivide public land. Land is designated as either a base line (East-West) or principal meridian line (North-South). It is a rectangular approach to surveying the land breaking the district down to quadrangles of 24 miles. Ranges exist every 6 miles East and West of each meridian. This system is used predominately in the West.

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