Nauvoo Survey Stone - Nauvoo, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 40° 32.446 W 091° 23.507
15T E 636190 N 4489022
Survey stone marking the starting point in the lay out of the original town of Nauvoo.
Waymark Code: WMF9AD
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 09/13/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member stvanme
Views: 9

Text of historic marker:

Nauvoo Survey Stone

This is the site of the original survey stone for Nauvoo, the "city beautiful," founded by church members in 1839 after they were forced to leave Missouri.  All streets of the city were platted from this point.  The two widest streets in Nauvoo at the time, Main Street and Water Street, intersect here.  Main Street binns and ends at the Mississippi River due to the bend in the river at this location.  One early plan for the city proposed a canal to be constructed down the center of Main Street to by pass teh dangerous Des Moines rapids.  Those working on the project soon hit bedrock and the project was abandoned.

The survey stone is at the southwest corner of Main and Water Streets in Nauvoo on the same property as the Joseph Smith homestead site.

Monumentation Type: Stone post

Monument Category: Initial Point

Accessible to general public: yes

Historical significance:
Was the point from which all streets in historic Nauvoo were platted from.

County: Hancock

Approximate date of monument: 01/01/1839

Monumentation Type (if other): Not listed

Monument Category (if other): Not listed

Explain Non-Public access: 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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