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The Beginning of the Third Principal Meridian - Cairo, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 36° 59.558 W 089° 09.480
16S E 307958 N 4096231
Quick Description: Along side US 51, just north of the Ohio River bridge and Fort Defiance, is this survey marker
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 6/27/2014 5:22:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMM0FK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member stvanme
Views: 2

Long Description:
County of marker: Alexander County
Location of marker: US 51, N. of Fort Defiance

Marker text:
The beginning of the Third Principal Meridian is located in the Ohio River 1,810 feet directly North of this point.
In November, 1803, this was the mouth of the Ohio River. At this location, the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery encamped for six days
Monumentation Type: Dressed stone

Monument Category: Meridian Line marker

Accessible to general public: yes

Historical significance:
The mouth of the Ohio River is the beginning of the Third Principal Meridian, and this was the mouth in 1803. The Corps of Discovery trained here.

Monument Website: [Web Link]

County: Alexander County

Other Coordinates details:
I acquired this marker in July 7, 2006

Monumentation Type (if other): Not listed

Monument Category (if other): Not listed

Explain Non-Public access: Not listed

USGS Quad: Not listed

NGS PID: Not listed

Other Coordinates: Not Listed

Approximate date of monument: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
1. A closeup photo of the monument is required.
2. A 'distant' photo including the monument in the view is highly recommended. Include the compass direction you faced when you took the picture.
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