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Plat Search

Mt. Diablo Meridian plats
San Bernardino Meridian plats

Plats of Nevada State Lands

Part IV: Locating Specific Plats

This set of over 3000 maps is presented according to the Range. Under a given Range are listed the Township maps for that Range. A specific Township may have several maps (up to six at this time); some may be limited resurveys of specific areas of the T&R, but not the whole plat. Most, but not all, are Land Office maps indicating patents; others are "base" survey maps used for other purposes by other agencies. We have included them in this site for the additional or different information to be found on them.

This set covers the state of Nevada with a few gaps in townships.

To locate a specific plat survey for a given area, the Township and Range must be known. If this is not known, this may easily be determined on the appropriate topographic map of Nevada which may be found in the DeLaMare Library, University of Nevada, Reno, the Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology at University of Nevada, Reno; many public libraries including the Washoe County Public Library downtown (main) location, Reno, and the Clark County Library in Las Vegas or the Lied Library at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A 7.5 minute [1:24000], 15 minute [1:62,500], 30x60 minute [1:100,000], or a 1 x 2 degree [1:250,000] map may be used to locate township and range.

Where the map covers a key area – Dayton, Truckee Meadows – we are adding this information in the notes field so that they may be searched by keyword across all historic maps on our site.

Using the search tool on this site

  1. Once the Township and Range is known, Select the Range in the search box, according to whether the range was determined from the Mt. Diablo or San Bernardino Meridian, and click the particular Range of interest.
  2. A list of all Townships for that range is presented in order by number on the left with the first plat in the Township list displayed on the right; townships North are listed before Townships South.
  3. Scroll down the list of Townships until the desired township is found and click.
    A given Township may have up to six plats – they are not exact duplicates
  4. Several navigation tools are presented including:
    • Magnifying glass icons to [+] zoom in or [-] zoom out
    • Arrows to move up or down, right or left
    • Thumbnail on the right to move around the map
    • Double box to hide or expose the thumbnail
    • Map knife to "cut" the red-bordered section of the map in the thumbnail and display it in a separate window
    • Back to results link to return to prior listing

    Image: CONTENTdm Object Viewer Screenshot

  5. To view the full digital presentation, jpeg images are being loaded. When viewing the desired Township & Range, select from the drop-down box View: Page Description above the list of Townships. This link will also include metadata with the JPEG for that particular plat. The View: Document Description will contain general Metadata for the list of Townships under that Range.

When viewing the index map of a given Range, note the number of sheets presented (up to six) for a Township and note if the list includes a source other than the State Lands Office ( e.g. Storey County Clerk) as we have indicated in the metadata (in drop-down box: View: Page Description) where a particular map was obtained if it is not from the State Lands Office. Please note that all metadata was not in place at the time this collection was placed on the historic maps web site.

Consult the U.S. Bureau of Land Management GeoCommunicator for contemporary cadastral searches and land record information.



Part III. Features of a Plat

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Part V. References