Deakins Line Stone #1 (1910, 3-County Intersection)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Algoma!
N 39° 11.716 W 079° 29.270
17S E 630583 N 4339535
Quick Description: This is the replacement for the famous Fairfax Stone, marking the intersection of Preston, Tucker and Grant Counties in West Virginia. The Potomac River's headwaters are about 25 feet away.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 4/29/2008 4:15:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM3PFD
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 22

Long Description:
I believe some people are mistaking the large boulder over the springwater of the Potomac for the Fairfax Stone itself. The plaque on it refers to the marker, but the phrasing makes me believe it is not the original marker itself. Instead, the 1910 re-survey of the Deakins line put up the pylon that exists in a poor condition today. On the stone you can see what appears to be the marking F/X, which I think refers to the point as belonging to the Fairfax Stone. Since the Fairfax Stone was the original longitude designation for western MD, I suppose that the 1910 Survey agreed that they'd better use that as their starting point as well, even though the MD border really begins a mile or so north where the Potomac turns east.

Since I wrote this, another stone hunter, "seventhings" has agreed with my theory as well as "Geo Trailblazer". Thanks to both of them for their consultation! Good teamwork.
Monumentation Type: Concrete post

Monument Category: County/Municipal boundary marker

Accessible to general public: yes

County: Preston, Tucker and Grant Counties, WV

Approximate date of monument: 12/12/1910

Monumentation Type (if other): Not listed

Monument Category (if other): Not listed

Explain Non-Public access: Not listed

Historical significance: Not listed

Monument Website: Not listed

USGS Quad: Not listed

NGS PID: Not listed

Other Coordinates: Not Listed

Other Coordinates details: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
1. A closeup photo of the monument is required.
2. A 'distant' photo including the monument in the view is highly recommended. Include the compass direction you faced when you took the picture.
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