Timber’s Term of the Week: Section 37

    Section 37


  1. Where all good bushelers go when they go beyond the vale.  A logger’s paradise where every tree is straight, tall, without flaws, and eight feet in diameter. And no underbrush, scalers, or inkslingers can be found: John’s gone to Section 37 and won’t be coming back.
  2. A mythical place.
  3. Something not supposed to exist: Let’s just say I found this in Section 37 and leave it at that, okay?

Why Section 37?
Pretty much all the arable land not within the original thirteen colonies is supposed to have been placed into a grid known as the Public Land Survey System. Its basic units of area are the township. Each township is supposed to have thirty-six sections.


If people were perfect and honest the sections could have looked like this.

Within a 6-mile by 6-mile township, the upper right section is Section 1 the section west of number is Section 2 (see image). The numbering moves left to all the way Section 6, the section south of Section 6 is section 7 and the number and progresses in a serpentine manner all the way to Section 36. There should be no Section 37.

There shouldn’t be any Sections numbered 37. However, anything people devise can be screwed up. Below is a map showing the sections of the Milk Ranch on Case Mountain in Tulare County, California. Not many perfect squares in the bunch.

Sections 37 do exist.

Sections 37 do exist. Click on the map to expand it and look northeast of Hammond.

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