I was noodling around my (huge) Pictures file, and this 1892 plat map of the east end of Buckman township caught my eye again, because of how densely it was settled there on the left, and not on the right. The yellow acreage is all railroad land, with much of the rest state or school land.
What's with that?
Well, the railroads were granted 24 miles of land on either side of the tracks--a really wide swath--and if you recall, there were train tracks from Royalton thru Genola and Hillman, on to Onamia, and Duluth. (The link is a .pdf map of the ATV trail that's there now). See where Buckman is in relation to the tracks? The yellow areas were simply railroad lands that hadn't sold to farmers yet. Incredible, huh?
Another question is why whole sections (12 and 36) were SCHOOL land, but we haven't researched that yet...lol