Zero Milestone - Washington, D.C.
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N 38° 53.707 W 077° 02.193
18S E 323383 N 4307109
Quick Description: The Zero Monument stands in front of the White House and serves as the starting point for measuring distances from Washington, D.C.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 3/5/2014 4:43:14 PM
Waymark Code: WMK9NA
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 13

Long Description:
Distances on national highways passing through Washington begin or end at the Zero Milestone, on the side of the Ellipse, near the White House grounds. ---Washington City and Capital 1937

The current permanent Zero Milestone was likely placed in 1923 and replaced a temporary milestone that was placed in 1919. On the north side of the monument is the following inscription: "ZERO MILESTONE"; on the west side, "STARTING POINT OF FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL MOTOR CONVOY OVER THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY, JULY 7, 1919"; on the east side, "STARTING POINT OF SECOND TRANSCONTINENTAL MOTOR CONVOY OVER THE BANKHEAD HIGHWAY, JUNE 14, 1920"; and on the south side, "POINT FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF DISTANCES FROM WASHINGTON ON HIGHWAYS OF THE UNITED STATES".

Book: Washington, DC

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 648

Year Originally Published: 1937

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