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.
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.
Other nearby markers. 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); A Busy Place Is This (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.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
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