The Willamette Stone

The Willamette Stone (HMPPB)

Location: Portland, OR 97210 Multnomah County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 31.274', W 122° 44.612'

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This short trail leads to the Willamette Stone, the surveyor's monument that is the point of origin for all public land surveys in Oregon and Washington. The landmark was established on June 4, 1851 by John B. Preston, Oregon's first Surveyor General.

With increasing settlement and passage of the Donation Land Claim Act, the Oregon Territory desperately needed to extend the Public Land Survey System of 1785 that divided public lands into square miles parcels of 640 acres. Preston, appointed by President Millard Fillmore, arrived in Oregon in April, 1851. After exploring the area, Preston selected this site so the primary north-south survey line (Willamette Meridian) would pass west of Vancouver Lake and primary east-west survey line (Base Line) would not cross the Columbia River. Preston's original marker - a wooden stake - was replaced in 1885 by a stone monument which became known as the Willamette Stone.
Placed ByOregon Travel Information Council
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 2:53pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 520029 N 5040887
Decimal Degrees45.52123333, -122.74353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 31.274', W 122° 44.612'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 31' 16.44" N, 122° 44' 36.72" W
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Area Code(s)503, 971
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 239-263 NW Skyline Blvd, Portland OR 97210, US
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