An American Meridian

An American Meridian (HM17BP)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.298', W 77° 2.125'

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— Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark —

Thomas Jefferson Believed the surveyor's of the nation's capital city should set a new American Meridian, a north-south line running through both poles and the American continent.

This reference line, longitude 0? 0?, would aid navigation, mapmaking, and the development of property boundaries, all key to settling the capital and new western territories. But most of all, Jefferson wanted to reinforce America's Independence from Britain, where the Prime Meridian was established to serve the Royal Navy's global navigation. Today, while there are many meridian lines running through many continents, the internationally recognized Prime Meridian passes through Greenwich, England, not Washington D.C.

For more Information go to: www.nps.gov/mehi
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HM NumberHM17BP
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 12:58pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323547 N 4310049
Decimal Degrees38.92163333, -77.03541667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.298', W 77° 2.125'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 17.88" N, 77° 2' 7.50" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2464-2544 15th St NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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