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Nantucket in Nantucket County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

"Town’s Meridian Line"…

 
 
“Town’s Meridian Line” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, October 1, 2021
1. “Town’s Meridian Line” Marker
Inscription.  
…runs from this (Northern) Meridian Stone to the Southern Stone, 289.2 feet up Fair Street. William Mitchell (1791-1869), Cashier of the Pacific Bank, astronomer and surveyor, father of Maria Mitchell (1818-1889), erected these Stones in 1840 to monitor the (varying) angle between the magnetic and true North.

This Meridian Line is one of the earliest of its kind in the country.
 
Erected by Maria Mitchell Association; Pacific National Bank; Surveyors of Nantucket.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceExplorationLandmarks. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 41° 16.983′ N, 70° 5.984′ W. Marker is in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in Nantucket County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Fair Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 61 Main St, Nantucket MA 02554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. R.H. Macy (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Turner Square (within shouting distance of this marker);
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Desert Shield And Desert Storm Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nantucket World War II Monument (about 700 feet away); Korean Conflict, World War I, and Vietnam Era Memorial (about 700 feet away); Nantucket Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Mitchell House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Wreck of the H.P. Kirkham (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nantucket.
 
Also see . . .  Meridian Stones. (Submitted on October 31, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
“Town’s Meridian Line” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, October 1, 2021
2. “Town’s Meridian Line” Marker
Southern Meridian Stone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, October 31, 2021
3. Southern Meridian Stone
The Southern Meridian Stone is approximately 75 yards south on Fair Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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