Initial Point

Initial Point (HM104H)

Location: Meridian, ID 83642 Ada County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 36.263', W 116° 23.482'

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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.
HM NumberHM104H
Series This marker is part of the Idaho: Idaho State Historical Society series
Marker Number193
Placed ByIdaho Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 2:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 549119 N 4828114
Decimal Degrees43.60438333, -116.39136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 36.263', W 116° 23.482'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 36' 15.78" N, 116° 23' 28.92" W
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Area Code(s)208
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-174 S Main St, Meridian ID 83642, US
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