Calhoun, J., Surveyor General. 8 March 1856 -- 8 Oct 1857. Scale 40 chains to inch. 20 sheets. 11" x 17". Recorder of Deeds Office, Nemaha County Courthouse, Seneca, Kansas.
The oldest maps for Nemaha County are copies of the original survey maps of the county. According to remarks on these copies, the orignals were recorded in Miscellaneous Book E. However, to date these "original entries" have not been found in Book E at the Nemaha County Recorder of Deeds Office. It is possible that they are recorded in Book E in some other Kansas County.
Each of these maps has been placed in a plastic protector, with all of the maps bound in a binder. Basically each township is shown on an indivual map. The map is titled with the township number, range number and the words "Kan Terr." The section lines are shown on the map. Some of the sections contain information regarding the number of acres in the section. Physical features are well recorded on these maps. Many of the rivers and creeks include their names. It appears that an attempt was made to determine the flood plain of these rivers and creeks. In addition, these maps record the many trails which criss-crossed the county at the time. Each trail is also named.
Since the county was very sparesely settled at this time, there is very little information regarding landowners on the map. However, there are notations regarding settlements and the few farms which existed at the time.