Mahaska in Washington County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Initial Point of the Public Land Surveys of the Sixth Principal Meridian
In 1855-56 Manners surveyed westward from the cast iron monument 108 miles establishing the base line, the boundary between Kansas and Nebraska and the Initial Point of the Sixth Principal Meridian. This Initial Point, a red sandstone which lies under the manhole behind you, controls the system of sections, townships and ranges of the public land surveys in Nebraska, Kansas, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. This Initial Point is referenced in all ownership records throughout the system.
On June 11, 1987 the Professional Surveyors of the 6th P.M. dedicated the memorial on your left. The memorial is made of Colorado red granite with Wyoming and Nebraska rubble stone. Each side of the cap contains a state name, date of statehood and the logo of each state's professional surveying association.
Erected 1987 by Professional Surveyors of the 6th P.M.
Location. 40° 0.118′ N, 97° 22.152′ W. Marker Touch for map. The marker is located on the east side of an unimproved mile road where the Nebraska counties of Jefferson and Thayer and the Kansas counties of Republic and Washington meet. Marker is in this post office area: Mahaska KS 66955, United States of America.
Categories. • Environment • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2015, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 4, 2015, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.