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Meridian in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Initial Point

 
 
Initial Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, March 12, 2012
1. Initial Point Marker
Inscription.
All Idaho land surveys refer to a
beginning point --"Initial Point"--
16 miles directly south of here.

When he began surveying Idaho in 1867, Lafayette Cartee, first surveyor general of Idaho Territory, established the initial point on a volcanic hill visible for many miles. Everywhere in Idaho, surveyors depend upon this essential point in establishing land boundaries. The city of Meridian is named for the Boise Meridian -- the surveyors' north-south line which runs through Initial Point.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 193.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 36.263′ N, 116° 23.482′ W. Marker is in Meridian, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Franklin Road, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Storey Park next to the Meridian Chamber of Commerce. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 East Franklin Road, Meridian ID 83642, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northwest Nazarene University
Initial Point Marker at Storey Park image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, March 12, 2012
2. Initial Point Marker at Storey Park
(approx. 7.8 miles away); Sacajawea and Pomp (approx. 9.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 9.4 miles away); Airmail Service (approx. 9.9 miles away); Boise State University (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2012, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 804 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2012, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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