The American Meridian

The American Meridian (HMVKE)

Location: Washington, DC 20037
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.97', W 77° 3.08'

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To your left is the hemisphere of the Atlantic, the hemisphere of Europe and Africa, of Roman numerals and Indian script, of the Silk Road and the rising sun.

To your right is the hemisphere of the Pacific and the American West, the hemisphere of Japan and China, of calligraphy and rocketry, of towering volcanoes and the starry night.

Beneath your feet is the line that divides the two.

From 1848 to 1884, the United States of America marked the center of its world at this line. Before it accepted the Meridian at Greenwich, England, as the "Prime Meridian," the United States separated the world into eastern and western hemispheres along the American Meridian, a line that originated at the old U.S. Naval Observatory and passed through this point.

This Meridian was used to survey the western states, and the straight borders of those states are measured in integral degrees from this point.
Wyoming Eastern Border: 29 Degrees (Am.) West
Western Border: 36 Degrees (Am.) West
Colorado Eastern Border:27 Degrees (Am.) West
Western Border: 34 Degrees (Am.) West
Oregon Eastern Border: 42 Degrees (Am.) West

Also borders of Arizona, California, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Utah, and Washington.
Washington, DC

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
June 2000
American Eastern Hemisphere + American Western Hemisphere
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe George Washington University
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 7:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322112 N 4307624
Decimal Degrees38.89950000, -77.05133333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.97', W 77° 3.08'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 58.20" N, 77° 3' 4.80" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 761-799 24th St NW, Washington DC 20037, US
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