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June 24, 2008 7:20 AM   Subscribe

In East Texas, and in counties surrounding the DFW metroplex, there are many, many surveys and tracts of land oriented along a 30° or 60° angle. Why is this?
posted by Sugar Induced Coma to Grab Bag (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Funny, I live in DFW and am in the midst of a Texas geology obsession (books at the library, fossil hunting, etc.). I think the answer to your question could have something to do with the topography of the land. Google Ouchita Thrust...or Texas Geography.
posted by punkfloyd at 7:45 AM on June 24, 2008

It has to do with the original land grants being oriented to rivers. The Trinity, Brazos and Guadalupe (for instance) all run NW to SE.

Notice the way that county boundaries in the linked images follow the rivers.
posted by Uncle Jimmy at 8:14 AM on June 24, 2008

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