“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

U.S. Naval Observatory / The Prime Meridian

U.S. Naval Observatory / The Prime Meridian Marker image. Click for full size.
1. U.S. Naval Observatory / The Prime Meridian Marker
Inscription.  [Top plaque:]
U.S. Naval Observatory
Designed by LT James M. Gilliss in 1842, the U.S. Naval Observatory occupied this site from 1844 to 1893. In 1894 the domed structure became home to the Naval Museum of Hygiene. Eight years later the Naval Medical School moved here from Brooklyn, New York.

[Bottom plaque:]
The Prime Meridian
In the early 1850's the 0 degree meridian for the United States was established here. It passed through the center of the U.S. Naval Observatory's central dome. This Prime Meridian became the reference for determining the north-south boundaries of several western states.
Location. 38° 53.728′ N, 77° 3.086′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 23rd Street Northwest south of E Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 E Street Northwest, Washington DC 20037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benjamin Rush (a few steps from this marker); Building 2 (within shouting
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distance of this marker); Radford House (within shouting distance of this marker); Building 5 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Department of State (about 500 feet away); Bernardo de Gálvez Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pharmacists' War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carol Brown Goldberg (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
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