Day 06 - Ottawa to Mendota - John Gorentz
Wallace Township school corner intersection

Wallace Township school corner intersection

Looking north at the intersection of sections 16,15,21, and 22. This was the middle of the government survey township that constitutes most of the present-day civil township. Section 16 was originally reserved for school use and not available for sale by the U.S. government to settlers or speculators. So country schools often ended up being located at this intersection, and after schools were consolidated, the townships that administered the schools often inherited them. In this case, there was a school nearby but not right at the intersection.

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