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Near Needles in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, March 18, 2010
1. Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument Marker
Inscription. This marker commemorates the iron column erected in 1876 at the southernmost tip of the boundary survey line run by Allexey W. Von Schmidt, U. S. astronomer and surveyor. The line dividing Nevada and California was based on preliminary geodetic work by Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives. Ives determined the Colorado River end of the proposed oblique California-Nevada boundary. Von Schmidt calculated and ran the first complete survey of the boundary. His solar observations erred slightly - - the actual line now being ¾ mile to the north.
 
Erected 1974 by Needles Chapter San Bernadino County Museum Association and California, Arizona and Nevada Development Association "Can Do". (Marker Number 188.)
 
Location. 35° 0.855′ N, 114° 39.709′ W. Marker is near Needles, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Needles Highway 0.1 miles south of Aha Macav Parkway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Needles CA 92363, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument (a few steps from this marker); History of the Fort Mojave Tribe
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By Bill Kirchner, March 18, 2010
2. Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument Marker
The monument is beyond the marker to the right in photo.
(approx. 1.1 miles away in Nevada); Oatman (approx. 4.9 miles away in Arizona); Arizona Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away in Arizona); In Memory of All Vietnam Veterans (approx. 5.7 miles away in Arizona); 9/11 Arizona Heroes Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away in Arizona); Arizona Medal of Honor (approx. 5.7 miles away in Arizona); The Garcés Expedition (approx. 6.4 miles away in Nevada).
 
More about this marker. This Nevada Historical Landmark marker is actually located in California.

This site was also designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.859 on April 26, 1973.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Colorful History of the California/Nevada State Boundary. In June of 1872, Congress authorized another survey of the common boundary between California and Nevada. GLO Commissioner Willis Drummond hired astronomer and surveyor Alexey W. Von Schmidt to do the field work. A sum of more than $41,000 was appropriated for the survey. (Submitted on April 5, 2010.) 

2. Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument. "No folks you didn't read that wrong, nor is my mini-state shape of Nevada wrong either. #188 is actually in California.". This website, a catalogue
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By Bill Kirchner, March 18, 2010
3. Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument
of Paul Sebesta visit's to Nevada State Landmarks, offers desciption, location with directions, and additional photos of the site. (Submitted on April 5, 2010.) 
 
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Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 18, 2010
4. Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument
Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 18, 2010
5. Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument
Nevada marker is on the left (or north) and the California marker is on the right (or south). The monument is just beyond the California marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,570 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 4, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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