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Survey Boundaries for Communities: MassGIS


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This political boundary datalayer has been created from latitude and longitude coordinates found in the 68-volume Harbor and Lands Commission Town Boundary Atlas.  This series established the legal boundary for the 351  municipalities in Massachusetts based on surveys of the location of every boundary marker around the periphery of each community.  The Atlas series was published in the early 1900s and has since been updated by the Survey Section of the Massachusetts Highway Department with changes as they are approved by the legislature.