They (still) had to put it somewhere

The Louisiana Purchase initial survey point monument

The Louisiana Purchase Survery Initial Point Monument

Click on the monument to see our original June 2010 post.

The monument you see sits atop the initial survey point for the Louisiana Purchase made by President Thomas Jefferfson in 1803. The initial survey to establish that point was commissioned by President James Madison and completed in 1815.

The surveyors marked the point by carving slashes on a couple of trees. The story goes dead after that, to crank up again in 1921, when two surveyors discovered the marks after they were hired by a couple of Arkansas County Judges to settle a boundary dispute.

See the entire story on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com, and see our original Weekly Grist post of June 20, 2010 for “the rest of the story.”

Louisiana Purchase monument in Arkansas

Here’s a wider view of the Louisiana Purchase monument. Click on the picture to see the full picture and read the story on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer and find out how the initial point was forgotten and re-discovered — to settle a  border dispute.

Just goes to show you, a little controversy never hurts anyone.

Thanks for dropping by,

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind



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