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THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

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The Public . Domain The public domain consists of lands held by the Government for settlers under the settlement laws. These lands at the present time are as follows :

Area Unappropriated and State or Terri- tory Unresekvei

Area reserved Area ap- propriated Total Area of Land Surface Surveyed Unsur- veyed Total Acres Acres Acres Acres Acres Acres Alabama . 5-2'2,373 522,373 86,240 32,049,387 32,058,000 Arizona , ll,98U,s-20 42,438,203 54,369,023 12,738,022 5,6.85,455 72,792,500 Arkansas. 3,096,990 3,696,990 1,920 29,844,590 33,54:3,500 (.'alifornia 34,27'2,434 8,230,589 42,503,023 16,189,170 40,668,890 99,361,08:3 Colorado . 35,273,705 4,4;34,S46 39,708,551 6,225,533 20,456,566 66,390,050 Florida 1,59-2,893 164,382 1,757,275 19,840 33,487,385 35,204,500 Idaho 11,268,786 32,939,163 44,207,949 1,939,869 6,682,382 52,830,200 Indian Ter. 19,575,040 19,575,040 Iowa

35,228,800 35,2-28,800 Kansas 1,060,883 1,060,883 987,875 50,334,242 52,383,000 Louisiana 690,527 65,018 755,545 1,474,834 26,632,809 28,863,188 Michigan . 505,895 505,895 87,746 36,225,:359 36,819,000 Minnesota 3,246,498 2,473,828 5,720,326 4,983,409 40.985,705 51,689,440 Mississippi 383,950 383,950 29.;3(.)l.(l50 29,685.000 Missouri . 445,911 445,911 43,350,0-59 43,796,000 Montana . 16,932,837 54,674,779 71,607,616 11,424,213 12,-2-27,891 95,259,720 Nebraska . 10,548,450 10,548,450 70,522 38,518,367 49,137,339 Nevada . 29,179,480 32,179,129 61,358,609 5,983,409 2,994,482 70,336,500 New Mexico . 42,960,793 13,917,042 56,877,835 6,029,448 15,289,722 78,197,005 North Dakota . 11,717,278 8,857,335 20,574,613 3,050,610 21,277,7(U 44,902,987 Oklahoma 7,004,362 2,860 7,007,222 7,207,160 10.5:39,281 24,75:3,66:3 Oregon 24,095,76:3 11,802,106 35,897,869 5,467,702 20,260,647 61,626,218 South Dakota . 10,890,2S4 2,092,542 12,982,826 10,922,506 •24,25:3,2-23 48,158,555 Utah 9,816,110 34,121,786 43,937,896 5,383,467 3,258,037 52,580,000 Washington 5,319,428 8,123,154 13,442,582 11,181,345 18,110,157 42,684,084 Wisconsin 413,799 413,799 365,353 34,495,848 35,275,000 Wyoming Grand Total . 42.946.054 6.135.209 49.081. -26:3 8.171.04:3 5.180.694 62.433.000 316,716,303 262,651,971 579,368,274 139,516,276 637,339,422 1,356,-2-23,972

This aggregate is exclusive of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, in which, if any public land remains, it consists of a few small isolated tracts. Alaska, which contains about 577,390 square miles, or 369,529,600 acres of land, mostly unsurveyed and unappropriated, is also excluded. " Area reserved " means lands that have been disposed of for settlement or for other purposes under the public land laws of the United States. The immense extent of land, forming part of the United States, as yet uninhabited and uncultivated, is held to be national property, at the disposal of Congress and the execu- tive of the Kepublic. The public lands of the United States which are still undisposed of lie in 23 States and 4 Territories. The public lands are divided into two great classes. The one