INITIAL POINT
of the
BLACK HILLS MERIDIAN

Black Hills, South Dakota

Jerry Penry
September 4, 2010


The Initial Point for the surveys in the Black Hills region and the western portion of South Dakota is located on the Wyoming/South Dakota state line. The Initial Point is at the intersection of the Black Hills Base Line with the Black Hills Meridian. The initial point in the Black Hills was necessary to facilitate the surveys in that area since the surveys from the 5th and 6th Principal Meridians and surveys of the Principal Meridian of Montana could not easily reach this area when surveys were quickly needed for settlement.



Map showing the region surveyed under the Black Hills Meridian in the pink colored area.
The green colored area was surveyed under the 5th Principal Meridian.
The yellow area was surveyed under the 6th Principal Meridian.
The blue area was surveyed under the Principal Meridian of Montana.



The Initial Point of the Black Hills Meridian.



Another view of the Initial Point.



West side (Wyoming side) of the cap.



Top of the cap looking north.



The South Dakota side of the cap.



South side of the cap. The monument is at WY/SD state line Milepost 69.



North side of the cap.



Top view of the cap.



Bearing tree to the southwest in Wyoming.



Scribing on the bearing tree in Wyoming.



Bearing tree to the east in South Dakota.



Scribing on the bearing tree in South Dakota.



Unusual rock formation to the northwest of the Initial Point in Wyoming.



Kurt Luebke (Montana) and Jerry Penry (Nebraska) at the Black Hills Meridian Initial Point.



Jenny Stukel poses at the Initial Point.


MAP TO THE INITIAL POINT
(Click Above)


Webpage by Kurt Luebke
(Click Above)




OTHER BLACK HILLS FOREST RESERVE MONUMENTS





© Jerry Penry 2010