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all claim to lands west of the line agreed upon; the Detroit
Edison Co. executing the following deed for all lands east of said line:
5. Quitclaim deed from the Detroit Edison Co., dated July
2, 1904. Recorded in liber 587 of deeds, page 414, of same records.
6. Deed from the Detroit Edison Co., dated September 21, 1910,
conveying a perpetual easement for driveway leading from Jefferson Avenue to Government stables over a triangular
parcel of land belonging to grantor. Recorded in liber 743, page 546, of same records.
Revocable licenses. November 17, 1902, to the Detroit City
Gas Co. to lay and maintain its gas mains within the reservation.
November 5, 1908, to Michigan State Telephone Co. for telephone
October 27, 1909, to Edison Illuminating Co. for electric
line to furnish electric current to the post.
Jurisdiction.--Ceded to the United States by an act of the
State legislature approved February 9, 1842, which provides as follows:
SECTION 1. Be it enacted, etc., That the jurisdiction of the
State be, and the same is hereby ceded to the United States, over any tract of land, not exceeding two hundred
acres, that may be purchased by the United States, for the purpose of erecting thereon a fortification for the
defense of Detroit: Provided, That if in the execution of the work for which the said cession is made it should
become necessary to vacate any road or highway now running through the said land, another road or highway of equal
width, ranging as little as said road or highway, shall be opened and put in good condition for traveling, at the
expense of the United States.
See also General act of cession.
General Act of Cession.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted, etc., That the consent of the State
of Minnesota is hereby given, in accordance with the seventeenth clause, eighth section of the first article of
the Constitution of the United States, to the acquisition by the United States, by purchase, condemnation or otherwise,
of any land in this state required for custom houses, court houses, post offices, arsenals, or other public buildings
whatever, or for any other purposes of the government.
SEC 2. That exclusive jurisdiction in and over any land so
acquired by the United States shall be, and the same is hereby ceded to the United States, for all purposes except
the service of all civil ad criminal process of the courts of this state, but the jurisdiction so ceded shall continue
no longer than the said United States shall own such lands.
SEC. 3. The jurisdiction ceded shall not vest until the United
States shall have acquired the title to the said lands by purchase, condemnation or otherwise; and so long as the
said lands shall remain the property of the United States when acquired as aforesaid, and no longer, the same shall
be and continue exempt and exonerated from all state, county and municipal taxation, assessment, or other charges
which may be levied or improved under the authority of this state. (Approved Mar. 22, 1899. General Laws of Minn.,1899,
p85, ch 83.)
ST. LOUIS RIVER MILITARY RESERVATION.
This reservation is situated in St. Louis County, on the extremity
of Minnesota Point, at the mouth of the St. Louis River, Lake Superior, and comprises a portion of sec. 20, T.
49 N., R. 13 W. The area in section 20 was originally 7.32 acres, but this has since been increased by the filling
of submerged lands with dredged material in the improvement of navigation to about 46 acres, and is being further
increased by dredging operations. It is occupied in part by the Lighthouse Establishment and in prt in connection
with river and harb or improvements.
Title. Originally reserved, along with other lands, by Executive
order dated March 13, 1854, but upon the recommendation of the War Department the President, by order dated January
11, 1855 canceled the previous order except as to the tracts in fractional sections 20 and 28. By decision of the
Secretary of the Interior, dated September 21, 1893, in the case of United States v. Joseph A. Bullen, the tract
in fractional section 28 (lots 1 and 2) was awarded to said Bullen. The reservation as now held by the United States
embraces a portion of fractional section 20, as above stated.
ST. PAUL QUARTERMASTER AND COMMISSARY DEPOT.
This reservation is situated in the city of St. Paul, being
lot 3 and part of lot 4 of block 31, and contains an area of 15,500 square feet. The property was acquired under
act of Congress approved August 7, 1882. (22 Stat., 322.)
Title. Deed from the city of St. Paul, dated August 19, 1882,
conveying lot 3 and part of lot 4 in block 31, in St. Paul proper. Recorded in book 111, pages 194 to 197, of the
deed records of Ramsey County, at St. Paul.
Revocable license. October 5, 1904, to Farwell, Ozman, Kirk
& Co. for temporary excavation and extension of footings, at a depth of about 20 feet, over boundary, so much
of the material as is placed in the soil of the United States to become the property of the United States.
Jurisdiction. Jurisdiction was supposed to have been ceded
to the United States by an act of the State legislature approved February 26, 1883, but the cession was later declared
by the Attorney General of the United States to be of no effect; also, the general act of cession is not retroactive
in its terms, and can not, therefore, be construed as covering this reservation.
This reservation, originally called Fort St. Anthony, is situated on the crest
of a bluff formed by the junction of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. It contains about 2,381.75 acres, with
metes and bounds as given in G.O.34, W.D., March 14, 1908.
Title. Reservation was originally acquired by treaty with
the Sioux Indians in 1805, ratified by the Senate in 1808. Its boundaries were reduced and defined by act of Congress
of August 26, 1852 (10Stat.,36). It was first garrisoned in 1822, and continued so until 1856. The reservation,
except two small tracts, was sold June 6, 1857, to Franklin Steele, but payment not having been made according
to terms of sale, and no conveyance having been made, the United States entered into possession and occupancy of
the reservation April 23, 1861. Pursuant to act of May 7, 1870 (16 Stat., 376), a reservation of 11,531.21 acres
was set apart and settlement was made with Mr. Steele by which he released all claims thereto in consideration
of release of balance of purchase money and conveyance to him of remainder of original reservation.
An addition for target range was acquired by expropriation
proceedings in the United States district court for the diatrict of Minnesota, under decree of March 22, 1905;
filed March 23, 1905, and recorded in volume 9 of term minutes of said court at pages 134-136. The addition contains
about 850 acres, exclusive of the Bloomington Road to St. Paul. See G.O. 67, WK.D., May 3, 1905.
A further addition of 0.54 acre was acquired by deed from
Rosa P. Vincent, unmarried, dated November 27, 1906; and deed from the Long Meadow Gun Club, dated December 1,
1906; both recorded in book 632 of deeds, page 104, office of register of deeds, Hennepin County.
A bridge site consisting of lots 20, 21, 22, 23, and part
of lots 28 and 32, in F. Steele s subdivision of lot 2, section 21, in St. Paul, Minn., was acquired as follows:
1. Deed from Rosa P. Vincent, widow, dated April 29, 1907.
Recorded in book 519 of deeds, page 567, office of register of deeds, Ramsey County.
2. Deed from Katherine B. Appleby, widow, dated April 29,
1907. Recorded in book 519, page 581, of same records.
3. Deed from Caroline H. Addison et vir, dated April 29, 1907.
Recorded in book 519, page 566, of same records.
4. Deed from Mary C. Morris, widow, dated April 29, 1907.
Recorded in book 520, page 101, of same records.
5. Decree of United States district court, May 23, 1908. Filed
in book 541 of deeds, page 193, of same records.
6. Condemnation proceedings in the United States district
court, district of Minnesota, in re easement in lands in the county of Hennepin, for bridge purposes, between the
reservation and the city of St. Paul, on the right of way of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co.
Decree rendered October 6, 1908, and filed on same date in office of clerk of said court. Recorded in book 123
of Misc., p. 573, office of register of deeds, Hennepin County, Minn.
Easements. Act of Congress approved June 20, 1878 (20 Statl,
224), provided for the building of a bridge by commissioners authorized by the State legislature across the Mississippi
River to abut upon the reservation, and for a right of way across the reservation to said bridge.
The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co. occupies
a right of way through the reservation, which occupancy began prior to act of May 7, 1870 (act which authorized
settlement with Franklin Steele, supra.)
Revocable licenses. April 13, 1905, to the Minneapolis Street
Railroad Co. for an electric street railway.
January 25, 1907, to the Twin City Rapid Transit Co. to construct,
operate, and maintain a temporary waiting room.
May 13, 1909, to the Minneapolis Street Railway Co. to construct
an extension of its tracks on the reservation.