Von Schmidt

Von Schmidt (HM1RZN)

Location: Floriston, CA 96111 Sierra County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 31.475', W 120° 0.122'

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This cast iron obelisk was one of only four such monuments set by Allexey Von Schmidt during his survey of the California Nevada boundary in 1872-73. It was intended to mark a point on the 120th meridian, the border line between the two states north of Lake Tahoe. In addition to these four monuments Von Schmidt set stone mounded mile posts along the entire 612 mile boundary from Oregon to the Colorado River.

The boundary line was disputed in 1850 and in 1863 this argument led to bloodshed during the Roop County War. A partial survey of the line was conducted in 1863 which was later proved to be in error. In 1872 Von Schmidt was commissioned by the U.S. General Land Office to correct that line and to settle the boundary dispute once and for all.

The boundary between the states remained in dispute until 1980 when the United States Supreme Court accepted Von Schmidt's survey from Lake Tahoe north to Oregon. The court rejected his boundary line from Lake Tahoe south to the Colorado River in favor of a later survey by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.
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Date Added Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 757693 N 4379285
Decimal Degrees39.52458333, -120.00203333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 31.475', W 120° 0.122'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 31' 28.5" N, 120° 0' 7.32" W
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Area Code(s)530
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Henness Pass Rd, Floriston CA 96111, US
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