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Raleigh in Wake County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Geodetic Survey Stones

1853 - 1854

 
 
Geodetic Survey Stones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, March 7, 2011
1. Geodetic Survey Stones Marker
Inscription. Site used by U.S. Coastal and Geodetic Survey to measure the precise longitude and latitude of Raleigh by taking simultaneous readings of the positions of the stars here and at locations in Richmond, Va. and Charleston and Columbia, S.C. A temporary telegraph station was set up here to communicate with other sites.
 
Erected 1993.
 
Location. 35° 46.785′ N, 78° 38.303′ W. Marker is in Raleigh, North Carolina, in Wake County. Marker is at the intersection of Wilmington Street and Morgan Street on Wilmington Street. Touch for map. The markers are on the grounds of the NC State Capitol. Marker is in this post office area: Raleigh NC 27601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andrew Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); N.C. Pharmaceutical Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Zebulon Baird Vance (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Duncan Mc Iver (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidents North Carolina Gave The Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); State Capitol
Geodetic Survey Stones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, March 7, 2011
2. Geodetic Survey Stones Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); N.C. State Capitol (about 300 feet away); Experimental Railroad (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raleigh.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Geodetic Survey, a history. (Submitted on March 13, 2011, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.)
2. A Capitol Idea. Surveying the History of North Carolina's State Capitol: Web page includes an interesting comment - “Several conditions had to be met before work could proceed…. First, the weather had to be favorable at both points…second, the telegraph line had to be available…third, the telegraph operator had to be in condition to work.” And in a quote from notes taken at the time, “No further observations can be made because of the condition the operator is in.” The last note leaves one to wonder." (Submitted on March 13, 2011, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.) 
 
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NC State Capitol image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, March 7, 2011
3. NC State Capitol
Geodetic Survey Stones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, March 7, 2011
4. Geodetic Survey Stones Marker
Surveyors Historical Society National Register image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, March 7, 2011
5. Surveyors Historical Society National Register
Raleigh Longitude 1853
United States Coast and Geodetic Survey
Lat 35 46 47.22336 Long 78 38 18.43303
Elev 108.3 meters
No ___ Erected Feburary 4, 1993 S.M.A.
Geodetic Survey Stones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, March 7, 2011
6. Geodetic Survey Stones Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2011, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,175 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 13, 2011, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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