Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The American Meridian
To your left is the hemisphere of the Atlantic, the hemisphere of Europe and Africa, of Roman numerals and Indian script, of the Silk Road and the rising sun.
To your right is the hemisphere of the Pacific and the American West, the hemisphere of Japan and China, of calligraphy and rocketry, of towering volcanoes and the starry night.
Beneath your feet is the line that divides the two.
From 1848 to 1884, the United States of America marked the center of its world at this line. Before it accepted the Meridian at Greenwich, England, as the “Prime Meridian,” the United States separated the world into eastern and western hemispheres along the American Meridian, a line that originated at the old U.S. Naval Observatory and passed through this point.
This Meridian was used to survey the western states, and the straight borders of those states are measured in integral degrees from this point.
Western Border: 36 Degrees (Am.) West
Colorado Eastern Border:27 Degrees (Am.) West
Western Border: 34 Degrees (Am.) West
Oregon Eastern Border: 42 Degrees (Am.) West
Also borders of Arizona, California, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Utah, and Washington.
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
American Eastern Hemisphere + American Western Hemisphere
Erected 2000 by The George Washington University.
Location. 38° 53.97′ N, 77° 3.08′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 24th Street, NW and H Street, NW, on the left when traveling south on 24th Street, NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2310 H Street, NW, Washington DC 20037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philip S. Amsterdam Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of 2310 H Street, Northwest (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John A. Wilson, D.P.S. '92 (about 400 feet away); Liberty Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); Sheen Hok Gate (about 500 feet away); Carol Brown Goldberg (about 500 feet away); Benito Juárez Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . Washington Meridian. Wikipedia...Old Naval Observatory Meridian (Submitted on September 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 683 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.