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Map of fence around holdings of Douglas-Willan Sartoris Cattle Co., Albany County, 1889.

The Douglas-Willan Sartoris Cattle Co., named for its two principals, John H. "Jack" Douglas-Willan (1852-1898) and Lionel Charles George Sartoris (1863-1911) acquired from the Wyoming Land and Improvement Company various odd-numbered sections and constructed fencing as shown in the above diagram. The fencing was constructed in the odd-numbered sections, four inches in from the line. Each numbered section in the above-diagram constitutes roughly one square mile. At the section corners, the fencing left a slight gap of about eight inches where the section marker was located. The effect was to fence in 200 square miles of publicly owned lands in even-numbered sections. The scheme was held by the Territorial Supreme Court to be legal. See United States v. Douglas Willan Sartoris Co., 3 Wyo 287, 22 P. 92 (1889).

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