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Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Initial Point

The Red River Journey

 
 
Initial Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
1. Initial Point Marker
Inscription.  With the exception of the Panhandle, all land in Oklahoma was surveyed from a spot in Murray County known as Initial Point, about one mile south of Fort Arbuckle. Surveyor Ehud N. Darling established the spot in 1870. On the map, a line drawn from the Red River to the Kansas border was called the Indian Meridian, while an east-west line through Initial Point was the base line.

Land was divided into townships north and south and ranges east and west of Initial Point.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 35° 29.612′ N, 97° 29.886′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker can be reached from Nazih Zuhdi Drive west of North Laird Avenue. Marker is part of the Red River Journey pathway, which is on the grounds of the Oklahoma History Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City OK 73104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corn and Pumpkin (here, next to this marker); Red River Rivalry (a few steps from this marker); Oil and Gas Industry
Initial Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
2. Initial Point Marker
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(a few steps from this marker); Chickasaw Nation (a few steps from this marker); State of Sequoyah (a few steps from this marker); Cross Timbers (a few steps from this marker); Washita River (within shouting distance of this marker); Katy Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 3, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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