The Lost Forest in northern Minnesota remains because of an original survey error in 1892. The old growth pines are now preserved, as The Lost Forty, a Scientific and Natural Area within the Chippewa National Forest due to sleuthing among the old maps and notes in the 1950’s.
“And at every corner of every township and every section and every quarter section, the survey crew cut marks on trees, or planted posts with bearing marks to locate each piece of land.”
Here is the original illustration by Betsy, an acrylic painting on paper, 12 x 8,” that was used in The Lost Forest, by Phyllis Root, University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
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