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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
WILLIAM A. BURT,

BY GEORGE H. CANNON.
June 7, 1882.

The stupidity which failed to appreciate it is marvelous. " In brief, the idea was for the surveyor to note in a book kept for that purpose all topography and rock formations, to collect and carefully label specimens of minerals, of quartz veins, of all rocks found in place, their dip, thickness, etc., together with all items of interest, and to record their exact place wherever found on the surveyed line. From the data thus obtained a correct report could readily be made. This method of work was permitted for at least two seasons, but was abandoned soon after the death of Dr. Houghton. It is presumed that its accuracy and economy were serious obstacles in the way of its adoption, as that would seem to be in direct conflict with the practice and views of the learned professors of those sciences. In that district, and in that year, were found the great iron ore deposits of Marquette county. On the 20th day of August the surveyors were at work on the southern border of that region, and it was already apparent that the solar compass was indispensable in the prosecution of the work. On September 19, 1844, William A. Burt discovered iron ore, and took from a mass of rock in place, the first specimen of iron ore ever so found by any white man in northern Michigan. The locality is now known as the Jackson iron mine, one of the most valuable properties in the Upper Peninsula. To Mr. Burt and his surveying party, belong exclusively the great honor of this important discovery. In 1845 Mr. Burt was continued on the surveys westward, in company with Dr. Houghton. In the autumn of that year the doctor was drowned, off Eagle river, October 13th; a sad loss to science, and the State of Michigan. Many valuable papers, field notes, maps, and specimens were lost with him, never to be recovered. Judge Burt and others were called upon to complete the reports thus so sadly and unfortunately lost.

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