Portland in Multnomah County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Willamette Stone
With increasing settlement and passage of the Donation Land Claim Act, the Oregon Territory desperately needed to extend the Public Land Survey System of 1785 that divided public lands into square miles parcels of 640 acres. Preston, appointed by President Millard Fillmore, arrived in Oregon in April, 1851. After exploring the area, Preston selected this site so the primary north-south survey line (Willamette Meridian) would pass west of Vancouver Lake and primary east-west survey line (Base Line) would not cross the Columbia River. Preston's original marker - a wooden stake - was replaced in 1885 by a stone monument which became known as the Willamette Stone.
Erected by Oregon Travel Information Council.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. Oregon Beaver Boards series list.
Location. 45° 31.274′ N, 122° 44.612′ W. Marker is in Portland, Oregon, in Multnomah County. Marker is on NW Skyline Boulevard 0.4 miles west of West Burnside Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portland OR 97210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Willamette Stone (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Telegram Building, 1922 (approx. 3 miles away); Dekum Building (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Medal of Honor (approx. 4.1 miles away); Vanport (approx. 6 miles away); Heart of a Trading Empire (approx. 7.7 miles away in Washington); Captain George Vancouver Monument Plaza (approx. 7.7 miles away in Washington); Captain George Vancouver Monument (approx. 7.7 miles away in Washington). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
Also see . . .
1. Willamette Stone, The - Oregon Travel Experience Audio Tour. (Submitted on November 25, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. The American Surveyor: Romancing the Stone at Willamette Meridan. (Submitted on November 25, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. Oregon Travel Experience - The Willamette Stone. (Submitted on January 12, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,504 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 25, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.