Boundaries Settled

Boundaries Settled (HMNZT)

Location: Middlesboro, KY 40965 Bell County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 36.341', W 83° 40.073'

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The exact spot where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia met is not easy to see on the ridge line below. Nor was it easy to determine.

In 1665 Great Britain's King Charles II declared his Virginia colony was to be separated from his Carolina colony by a line drawn at latitude 36? 30'. Surveyors started at the Atlantic Ocean in 1728 to run the line westward to the Mississippi. Decades of boundary disputes followed, first between Virginia and North Carolina. Later Tennessee and Kentucky joined the fray. The most rugged segment of the old Carolina-Virginia boundary - here in the Cumberland Mountains - was not finally resolved until 1803.

Before 1792 Kentucky was the westernmost county of Virginia. The Cumberland ridge top was chosen as the new state line by the Kentucky and Virginia boundary commissioners in 1798.

Until 1790 Tennessee was part of North Carolina. Commissioners from Virginia and Tennessee set the final line here on "White Top Mountain" in December 1803.

Here, you are in Virginia.
Placed ByCumberland Gap National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 4:49pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 261376 N 4054445
Decimal Degrees36.60568333, -83.66788333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 36.341', W 83° 40.073'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 36' 20.46" N, 83° 40' 4.38" W
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Area Code(s)423, 606
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1603 Pinacle Rd, Middlesboro KY 40965, US
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