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Surveying Equipment
Author: No authors specified.
Date: 1845-1855

Albert D. Searl used this equipment to survey Kansas Territory town sites in 1854. Lawrence was surveyed on Sept. 25th and Topeka on Dec. 20th. Searl's efforts to set town limits for free-staters in Lawrence were met with violence from pro-slavery forces nearby. Searl would later survey Manhattan, Osawatomie, Burlington, & El Dorado.

Keywords: Border ruffians; Burlington, Kansas Territory; Coffey County, Kansas Territory; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Free state; Free state cause; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Miami County, Kansas (see also Lykins County, Kansas Territory); Objects; Osawatomie, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Searl, Albert D.; Skirmishing; Surveyors; Topeka, Kansas; Topeka, Kansas Territory; Violence

Contract, plat ownership in Highland, Kansas Territory
Author: No authors specified.
Date: April 4, 1855

This contract proposed the annexation of more land to the township of Highland, Kansas Territory, which would cause it to share a boundary with Iowa Indian Reserve lands. The remainder of the document described the conditions of land ownership within the plat, dividing it among seven men, and prohibiting the sale or production of "intoxicating drinks" on all named lands. The contract includes a hand-drawn map of the area discussed.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Doolittle, William; Highland, Kansas Territory; Irvin, James M.; Irvin, Samuel M.; Johnson, John P.; Land titles; Prohibition; Real estate investment; Rohrer, Upton; Temperance movement

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General Land Agent and Dealers in Real Estate, Leavenworth City and Lecompton, Kansas Territory
Authors: Akers, Logan, & Co.
Date:  undated
This advertisement was on behalf of Akers, Logan, & Company, describing the services it provided as a real estate company.

Keywords: Akers, Logan and Company; Claims (see Damage claims or Land claims); Immigration and early settlement; Land; Land sales; Land surveys; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Real estate; Real estate business


Nebraska Territory: Kansas Territory
Authors: Unknown
Date:  1854
Hand colored. Includes topographic features. Indicates correction and boundary lines. Shows public surveys of northeastern Kansas and eastern Nebraska. Link to scanned image at Wichita State University Libraries - Special Collections.

Keywords: Land surveys; Maps


Sketch of the Public Surveys in Kansas & Nebraska.
Authors: A. Hoen & Co.; Calhoun, J.
Date:  1855
Indicates location of Fort Leavenworth. Indicates Native American inhabitation. At head of title: No. 1. Shows surveyed lands in eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas. Link to scanned image at Wichita State University Libraries - Special Collections.

Keywords: A. Hoen and Co.; Calhoun, J.; Land surveys; Maps


Lawrence Land Agency
Authors: Pratt, Caleb S.
Date:  1856
Advertisement about the Lawrence Land Agency, which provided information about the services the agency offered to settlers.

Keywords: Bonds; Land acquisition; Land sales; Land surveys; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Loans; Pratt, Caleb S.; Real estate


Advertisement, Emigrant's Intelligence Office
Authors: Whitman and Searl
Date:  June 15, 1856
This advertisement by Whitman and Searl, Lawrence, Kansas Territory, stated that they were proposing to open an Emigrant's Intelligence Office to "meet the urgent demands by emigrants, for accurate and reliable information in regard to the different sections of the Territory." Apparently, they had worked to create a map of Kansas, which made them qualified for this task. They also offered their services as general land agents and wrote that they "are also prepared to lay out town sites and to survey farm claims," to "negotiate the sale and transfer of town property," and to "investigate the validity of titles."

Keywords: Advertisements; Emigrants' Intelligence Office; Emigration and immigration; Land; Land acquisition; Land sales; Land surveys; Land titles; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Searl, Albert D.; Settlement; Town sites; Whitman and Searl; Whitman, E. B.


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