Historic Markers Across Alabama

Initial Survey Point

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: Hwy 231/431 south of Tennessee line
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 34° 59.445    W 086° 34.282
  34.99075    -86.57136666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNKYW


In 1809, Major Thomas Freeman, Deputy U.S. Surveyor, established a marker here on the state line and began surveying south toward the middle of the state. This line, known as the Huntsville Meridian, is the reference for all property surveys in North Alabama. The Initial Point, now in the middle of the highway, was reset in 1977 by the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

End of Initial Survey Point