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Blunt in Hughes County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

You are now on the 100° Meridian

 
 
You are now on the 100° Meridian Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
1. You are now on the 100° Meridian Marker
Inscription. Historically that meridian is significant. For two generations the Insurance Companies and other world-wide lending agencies would not, as a matter of agreed policy, lend a shiny dime west of this line. There reason was that some geographer had labeled it the EAST EDGE of the Great American Desert. Neither the geographer nor the Insurance Companies had been west of 100°. Today, more than a quarter of America's new animal wealth alone, is produced from that misnamed desert. This unrealistic, geographically limited loan policy, forced South Dakota into the farm loan business. Our Rural Credit Business cost us plenty and was a splendid illustration of why a State should not be in the loaning business. But South Dakota has paid all its debts in full. The 100th Meridian is just another bad memory. Historically however, the 100° Meridian was a most important one in Western economy.
 
Erected 1955 by Hyde Holding Company, Pierre, and the South Dakota State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 128.)
 
Location. 44° 30.731′ N, 100° 0.024′ W. Marker is in Blunt, South Dakota, in Hughes County. Marker is on 198th Street (U.S. 14) 0.1 miles west of Runge Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker
You are now on the 100° Meridian Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
2. You are now on the 100° Meridian Marker (tall view)
is located on the south side of the highway, one mile west of Blunt, South Dakota. Marker is in this post office area: Blunt SD 57522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Mentor Graham (approx. half a mile away).
 
More about this marker. Both sides of marker are identical.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The 100° Meridian
 
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1. Dividing line: The past, present and future of the 100th Meridian. In 1878, without benefit of the Landsat program, GPS or Google, and just a decade after the creation of the National Weather Service, John Wesley Powell first advanced the idea that the climatic boundary between the United States’ humid East and arid West lay along a line “about midway in the Great Plains” — almost exactly 100 degrees longitude west of the prime meridian in Greenwich, England. This line, the 100th meridian, runs from pole to pole and cuts through six U.S. states, forming a partial boundary between Oklahoma and Texas. The 100th meridian also corresponds roughly to the 600-meter elevation contour as the land rises from the Great Plains toward the Rockies. (Submitted on September 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
You are now on the 100° Meridian Marker (<i>wide view looking west; US Highway 14 in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2018
3. You are now on the 100° Meridian Marker (wide view looking west; US Highway 14 in background)
 

2. 100th meridian: East-west divide between moist and arid parts of U.S. may be shifting. Nearly a century and a half after explorer John Wesley Powell zeroed in on the 100th meridian west as the dividing line between the humid east and arid west of the United States, researchers say he was right -- but that climate change is now moving the line eastward, into the traditionally fertile Midwest. The effects on U.S. farming and other pursuits could be huge. Now, 140 years later, scientists are looking again at the 100th meridian. In two just-published papers, they examine how it has played out in history so far, and what the future may hold. (Submitted on October 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on September 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on September 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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