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Cairo in Alexander County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historical Survey Marker

 
 
Historical Survey Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
1. Historical Survey Marker Marker
Inscription.  
The beginning of
the Third
Principal Meridian
is located in the Ohio River
1,735 feet
directly north
of this point.
In November, 1803,
this was the mouth
of the Ohio River.
At this location,
the Lewis and Clark
Corps of Discovery
encamped for
six days.

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 36° 59.266′ N, 89° 9.028′ W. Marker is in Cairo, Illinois, in Alexander County. Marker is on Washington Avenue (U.S. 60/62), on the right when traveling north. Located at the entrance to Fort Defiance Park, in a parking area for the State Highway Patrol office. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cairo IL 62914, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark in Illinois (here, next to this marker); Lewis & Clark (here, next to this marker); Cairo, Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ohio River Bridge
Corps of Discovery Kiosk and other Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Corps of Discovery Kiosk and other Markers
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Beginning of the Third Principal Meridian (approx. half a mile away); The Meeting of the Rivers (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Proceeding On" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Duncan Cannon (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cairo.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Third Meridian Markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,901 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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