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Beaver Lake, Jasper County and Newton County collection 1868, 1871.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S1675 (Text) 00000106662117 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.01 Cubic feet 1 folder

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2017/04/27 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2017/04/27 by Linda Gellert.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
The collection includes 2 items. The first item is a copy of a letter, March 9, 1868, from Joseph S. Wilson, Commissioner, Department of the Interior, General Land Office, to Honorable John L. Dawson, Washington, D.C., regarding the survey of swamp lands of Beaver Lake, Jasper County, Indiana.The second item is a copy of a letter, November 18, 1871, from Willis Drummond, Commissioner, Department of the Interior, General Land Office, to Parker Dresser, Esq., Washington, D.C., regarding the application of citizens of Newton County, Indiana, for the survey of swamp lands of Beaver Lake, Newton County, Indiana
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Beaver Lake, Jasper County and Newton County collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Indiana's Beaver Lake extended into Newton and Jasper Counties, and originally encompassed 16,000 acres. Its shallow waters were generally less than 15 feet deep, offering natural habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. The Swamp Act Law of 1852 provided a mechanism to drain and survey America's swamp lands for settlement. In 1853 efforts began to drain Beaver Lake through a series of ditches and channels. By 1871, three quarters of the lake had been drained, and by 1880, most of Beaver Lake was dry, surveyed, and reclaimed for settlement.Sources: Beaver Lake, Land of Enchantment, Elmore Barce, 1938, www.ingenweb.org/innewton; Kankakee Valley Historical Society, kankakeevalleyhistoricalsociety.org
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Drainage > Indiana > 19th century.
Beaver Lake (Newton County, Ind.)
Jasper County (Ind.)

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