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Zero Milestone

 

— President's Park —

 
Zero Milestone Monument - north face image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
1. Zero Milestone Monument - north face
Inscription.  
[north face:]
Zero Milestone

[rendering of Mercury’s winged helmet]


[plaque in sidewalk below:]
The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey determined the latitude, longitude and elevation of the Zero Milestone. Authorized by Act of Congress, June 5, 1920. Dedicated June 4, 1923.


[south face:]
Point for the measurement of distances from Washington on highways of of the United States.


[west face:]
Starting point of first trans-continental motor convoy over the Lincoln Highway. VII JVL MCMXIX.


[east face:]
Starting point, second trans-continental motor convoy over the Bankhead Highway. XIV Jun MCMXX

 
Erected 1923 by the U. S. Congress.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.706′ N, 77° 2.193′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District
Close-up of plaque in the sidewalk below the north face of the monument image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
2. Close-up of plaque in the sidewalk below the north face of the monument
of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on E Street Northwest west of 15th Street Northwest. Marker is just south of the White House in President's Park. It is on the south sidewalk off E Street at its convergence with the north edge of the Ellipse Circle Road, midway between 15th and 17th Streets, NW. It is presently accessible to pedestrian traffic, only. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 E Street Northwest, Washington DC 20500, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. White House Kitchen Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Christmas Tree (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); a different marker also named The National Christmas Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); South Side (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); White House Ablaze (about 700 feet away); William Tecumseh Sherman (about 700 feet away); First Division War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Boy Scout Memorial (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Zero Milestone. (Submitted on June 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. USDOT Highway History.
Zero Milestone Monument - south face image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
3. Zero Milestone Monument - south face
(Submitted on June 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. White House; National Park Service; American Society of Civil Engineers; Interstate and Defense Highways; automobiles; Washington Meridian; cartography, navigation, surveying.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesRoads & Vehicles
 
Zero Milestone Monument - west face image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
4. Zero Milestone Monument - west face
Zero Milestone Marker - east face image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
5. Zero Milestone Marker - east face
Zero Milestone Monument - top side, Mariner's Compass motif image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
6. Zero Milestone Monument - top side, Mariner's Compass motif
American Society of Civil Engineers (founded 1852) Achievement Award plaque image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
7. American Society of Civil Engineers (founded 1852) Achievement Award plaque
near the Zero Milestone monument - presented in 1974, commemorating the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.
The White House - viewed from the Zero Milestone monument across E Street image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 27, 2010
8. The White House - viewed from the Zero Milestone monument across E Street
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,697 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 30, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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