The Checkerboard Forest

This is a fascinating piece of history that has effected our landscape even today. Honestly, I wish I could keep a copy of this for my own archives (duly attributed to those who did the research and their sources) because history invariably repeats itself. Reblogged from


If you pull up Google Maps and look at the forested areas of Western United States, you’ll notice strange checkerboard patterns, like the one below.checkerboard-land-6A digitally enhanced screengrab from Google Maps. Coordinates: 48.4170389,-116.8918616

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