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The federal government surveyed the area and made the land available for purchase.
Settlers who were squatting on the land without owning it were given the opportunity to file for a certificate of pre-emption, which really allowed them the first chance at purchasing it.
We've researched the properties within about two miles of the center of town. This represents an area of about twenty square miles.
The Bureau of Land Management, under the U. S. Department of the Interior, has placed the original land patents online. You may access the land patents at their website. It allows search by name as well as by legal description. You can also see a copy of the original patent online.
We have plat maps for Millburn, that may help locate sections of interest.