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Near Ohioville in Beaver County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Point of Beginning

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, July 3, 2011
1. The Point of Beginning Marker
Inscription.  No survey of the western lands of the United States could be made as required under the land ordinance of 1785 until the surveyors for Pennsylvania and Virginia set a marker on the north shore of the Ohio River. On August 20, 1785, that marker was set and concluded the north-south line between the two states. The original marker long since lost, was located 1,112 feet south of this plaque and was also know as the "Point of Beginning" for the survey of the western lands , which began on September 30, 1785.
 
Erected by Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania - Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1861.
 
Location. 40° 38.551′ N, 80° 31.134′ W. Marker is near Ohioville, Pennsylvania, in Beaver County. Marker is on Midland Road (Pennsylvania Route 68/168) ¼ mile west of Calcutta Road, on the right when traveling east. Located in a pull
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By Mike Wintermantel, July 3, 2011
2. The Point of Beginning Marker
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off at the Pennsylvania/Ohio state line. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midland PA 15059, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Down The Ohio (here, next to this marker); Gateway To The Northwest (a few steps from this marker in Ohio); Land Ordinance of 1785 / The Seven Ranges (a few steps from this marker in Ohio); Beginning Point of the U. S. Public Land Survey (a few steps from this marker in Ohio); The Sandy and Beaver Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Paper Mill / Little Beaver Creek Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away in Ohio); Smiths Ferry (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Penna - Virginia Boundary (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation. Marker Program (Submitted on July 7, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
The Point of Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 14, 2011
3. The Point of Beginning Marker
View looking west along Ohio Route 39 of the historical marker and of the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line.
The Point of Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 3, 2021
4. The Point of Beginning Marker
New paint.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 832 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on September 4, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on July 8, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.

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