Starion installs historic map plates
February 22, 2018
Starion Bank recently installed three map engraving plates from the late 1800s.
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The plates were created from land surveys of the Ellendale area conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 1892. The USGS approximates the southeast corner of the map to be located at 45.45 north latitude and 98.30 west longitude and the scale is 1:62,500.
Map plates are mirror images of the final illustration, with left-to-right being reversed. This makes the words and text characters backwards and east on the left side. The plates are 17 inches wide by 21 inches high and weigh around 37 pounds each.
The plates are on permanent display in the bank and available for public viewing during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“These map plates were created only a few years after our community was established,” says Aaron Tschosik, Ellendale market president for Starion Bank. “It’s exciting be able to share these with the community and to own a little piece of Ellendale’s history.”
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