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  •  Deeds can be interesting. (6+ / 0-)

    We bought a house in Iowa a number of years ago, and when we got the deed it was crazy-thick.  It turned out the land the subdivision was on had been part of a parcel of land involved in a legal dispute that had gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Apparently the state had granted a riverboat company right to alternating sections of land along the Des Moines River to sell as a means of funding development of river transportation in Northwest Iowa in the 1830's.  It turned out not to be feasible because the Des Moines' water level in that area was just too low most of the year to support river traffic, and company pretty much just folded up and went away.

    Then in the 1860's the state granted the railroads rights to alternating sections along the rail routes, and those alternating sections overlapped with the riverboat company's alternating sections and all of a sudden a group popped up who claimed to hold the rights to the defunct riverboat company's land grants and filed suit claiming that they might still decide to develop river transportation and therefore still held legal right to the land.

    Anyway, a very detailed narrative of all this legal wrangling was incorporated into the deed.  Made for interesting reading for several evenings.

    People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. --C. Wright Mills

    by dsteffen on Sat Jul 04, 2009 at 08:47:25 AM PDT

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