Saturday, October 8, 2011

Michigan Has Two Baselines

According to this Michigan State University geography site:

Michigan actually has TWO base lines!!!   How can that be?

One of the early contracts for surveys in Michigan Territory was given to Benjamin Hough on April 28, 1815 for the survey of a true meridian line northward from Fort Defiance, Ohio. 

[It was] found it necessary to establish two initial points where the Base Line intersects the Meridian in order to tie in the survey of the lands already laid out east of the meridian.

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