What is a Correction Line?

In the late 1800’s government surveyors were commissioned to lay out the public lands into a grid in preparation for sale or grant to the public. These grids were to be 6 miles square and were known as townships. They would be later divided into 36 smaller units, which are known as sections (640 acres each). In most areas the sections were divided into even smaller squares or Quarter Sections (160 acres). Iron posts were set at the corners of the townships and stones were placed at all of the section and quarter corners. Some of these stones can still be found today if the area is wooded or otherwise has not been disturbed. While surveying these townships, the early surveyors were instructed to survey Due North (magnetic). As they went north they would need to correct for the curvature of the earth or eventually all of the lines would converge to one common point (the North Pole). It was determined that these corrections would take place every four townships (4 townships x 6 miles each) or 24 miles. These lines are known as Standard Parallels or Correction Lines. The county roads as we know them today were built primarily along these section lines. If you drive north or south along one of these county roads every 24 miles you might come across a small offset or “jog” in the road. This is where the original surveyors corrected their surveys.

The band Correction Line is from the Prairie Province of Saskatchewan, Canada and grew up in the country where they travelled these grid roads quite frequently. Cruising these "Backroads" is where they got the name CORRECTION LINE for the band.