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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Who Owns the River?

 
 
"Who Owns the River?" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
1. "Who Owns the River?" Marker
Inscription. According to Lord Baltimore's land grant from King Charles I in 1632, Maryland owns the "River of Pattowmack...unto the further Bank of said River." But with Virginia's shoreline constantly shifting how could the border be fixed? In 1929, a survey to establish the boundary placed 58 markers including this one on Jones Point, helping to resolve almost three centuries of dispute. When Maryland ceded land to create the nation's capital in 1788, the District of Columbia gained ownership of the river within its newly created bounds.
 
Location. 38° 47.43′ N, 77° 2.424′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Jones Point Drive east of South Royal Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Along the path east of Jones Point lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Nations Capital Begins Here 1791-1793 (a few steps from this marker); First Original Federal Boundary Stone (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); D.C.'s First Building Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Mistress Margaret Brent
"Who Owns the River?" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
2. "Who Owns the River?" Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Remarkable Margaret Brent (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jones Point Lighthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mountains of Materials and Massive Manpower (about 600 feet away); World War I-Era Rudder (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Categories. PoliticsWaterways & Vessels
 
Virginia Maryland Boundary Commission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
3. Virginia Maryland Boundary Commission Marker
The "Who Owns the River?" marker is visible behind this Boundary marker.
1929 Virginia-Maryland Boundary Commission marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 18, 2007
4. 1929 Virginia-Maryland Boundary Commission marker
This disc points to the current south point of D.C. 42 feet south of this marker in the Potomac.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 486 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on October 10, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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