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ILLINOIS v. MISSOURI

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES


decree entered: June 22, 1970.

ILLINOIS
v.
MISSOURI

DECREE.

Burger, Black, Douglas, Harlan, Brennan, Stewart, White, Marshall; Blackmun

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 The Court having referred this case to a Special Master who has filed his Report, and the parties having agreed as to the form of the decree, the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law are hereby adopted, and

IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED

That:

(1) The boundary line between the States of Illinois and Missouri for the geographical area involved in this action is hereby determined and decreed to consist of the following legal description:

Beginning at a point in present centerline of the Mississippi River at the intersection of the centerline of the Old Mississippi River said point being designated as the Southeasterly corner of Kaskaskia Island; thence following the centerline of the slough which is the approximate centerline of the Old Mississippi River, described more particularly by the following courses and distances: S 39 degrees 30' W, 2100 feet; thence S 55 degrees 30' W, 900 feet; thence S 34 degrees 30' W, 850 feet; thence N 83 degrees 00' W, 500 feet; thence S 61 degrees 00' W, 1000 feet; thence S 42 degrees 30' W, 2500 feet; thence S 37 degrees 00' W, 4000 feet; thence S 45 degrees 00' W, 2000 feet; thence S 56 degrees 30' W, 4600 feet; thence S 63 degrees 00' W, 2150 feet; thence S 79 degrees 30'

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     W, 1525 feet; thence N 86 degrees 30' W, 4500 feet; thence N 70 degrees 00' W, 5050 feet; thence N 57 degrees 30' W, 3850 feet; thence N 46 degrees 00' W, 1550 feet; thence N 24 degrees 00' W, 5650 feet; thence N 39 degrees 00' W, 1800 feet; thence N 17 degrees 00' W, 1900 feet; thence N 25 degrees 30' W, 3150 feet; thence N 32 degrees 00' W, 1580 feet; thence N 4 degrees 30' W, 3250 feet; thence N 53 degrees 45' E, 3300 feet; thence N 69 degrees 00' E, 1050 feet; thence 19 degrees 00' E, 2350 feet; thence N 75 degrees 00' E, 350 feet to a point at the northwest corner of Kaskaskia Island; thence S 47 degrees 00' E, 250 feet; thence N 81 degrees 00' E, 1050 feet; thence S 78 degrees 00' E, 600 feet; thence N 88 degrees 45' E, 1551 feet; thence N 70 degrees 45' E, 709 feet; thence N 48 degrees 30' E, 2986 feet; thence N 51 degrees 45' E, 627 feet; thence N 81 degrees 45' E, 990 feet; thence N 62 degrees 45' E, 495 feet; thence N 40 degrees 00' E, 2937 feet; thence N 28 degrees 00' E, 528 feet; thence N 04 degrees 00' E, 429 feet; thence N 12 degrees 00' W, 759 feet; thence N 6 degrees 00' E, 412 feet; thence N 33 degrees 00' E, 264 feet; to a point which intersects the centerline of a slough at the south side of Beaver Island; thence along the centerline of said slough S 85 degrees 00' W, 924 feet; thence S 79 degrees 00' W, 775 feet; thence N 88 degrees 00' W, 1452 feet; thence N 23 degrees 00' W, 825 feet; thence N 20 degrees 00' W, 3000 feet to the centerline of the Mississippi River.

(2) In incidence to the establishment of such boundary line, and upon Missouri's disclaimer herein, the territorial and sovereignty right claimed by Illinois to the body of land given identification in the evidence as "Kaskaskia Island" is hereby confirmed as against Missouri and decreed to exist in Illinois.

(3) In further incidence to the boundary establishment made, the territorial and sovereignty right claimed by Illinois to the body of land given identification in the

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     evidence as "Beaver Island" is hereby confirmed as against Missouri and decreed to exist in Illinois.

(4) In similar incidence, the territorial and sovereignty right claimed by Missouri to each of the two bodies of land given identification severally in the evidence as "Cottonwoods" and "Roth Island" is hereby sustained as against Illinois and decreed to exist in Missouri.

(5) The boundary description decreed in paragraph (1) hereof is taken from Attachment "C" of the parties' stipulation as being agreed upon by them to be appropriate and accurate for dispositional use in the event of and in relation to the result here reached. The bodies of land as to which Illinois' rights are confirmed in paragraphs (2) and (3) hereof are located on Illinois' side of the boundary line fixed, and those as to which Missouri's rights are sustained in paragraph (4) hereof are located upon Missouri's side thereof, so that no separate description is here necessary as to any of these bodies in order to effectuate the rights decreed in respect to them.

(6) The costs of the suit shall be assessed equally against the parties.

MR. JUSTICE BLACKMUN took no part in the entry of this decree.

19700622

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