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Near Selby in Walworth 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 Beverly Pfingsten, June 6, 2011
1. You are now on the 100 Meridian Marker
Inscription. Historically that meridian is significant. For two generations the Insurance Companies and other worldwide 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 that 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 1956 by The First National Bank of Selby and State Highway Commission.
 
Location. 45° 26.957′ N, 100° 0′ W. Marker is near Selby, South Dakota, in Walworth County. Marker is on 134th Street (U.S. 12) just from 309th Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Selby SD 57472, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
You are now on the 100 Meridian Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 6, 2011
2. You are now on the 100 Meridian Marker
At least 1 other marker is within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bangor (approx. 1.9 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 569 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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