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Near Columbia in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

40th Parallel

 
 
40th Parallel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Donald Ditko, January 3, 2009
1. 40th Parallel Marker
Inscription. Maryland's charter, granted in 1632, included old Philadelphia since it made the 40th parallel, which crosses the river near this point, her northern boundary. This charter conflicted with the charter given William Penn in 1681. After more than eighty years of legal disputes, a survey in 1763-67 fixed the boundary at the 39-43' parallel. This boundary acquired national fame as the Mason and Dixon line.
 
Erected by Safe Harbor Water Power Corp.
 
Location. 40° 0′ N, 76° 28.44′ W. Marker is near Columbia, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Water Street (Pennsylvania Route 441) 0.1 miles south of Manor Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia PA 17512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Martin Chartier (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Boro Archaeological Sites (approx. 0.7 miles away); Great Minqua Path (approx. 1.7 miles away); Captain Thomas Cresap (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cresap's Fort (approx. 2.1 miles
40th Parallel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Donald Ditko, January 3, 2009
2. 40th Parallel Marker
away); Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (approx. 2.5 miles away); Susquehanna Canal (approx. 2.5 miles away); Columbia (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Donald Ditko of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,436 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Donald Ditko of Fairfax, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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