The United States
Public Land Surveys
(Including detail of the three
California Meridians and their Inital Points)
This map shows all of the Principal Meridians and Base Lines Governing The United States Public Land Surveys.
Image courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior-Bureau of Land Mangement
© 1988 Department of the Interior-Geological Survey, Reston Virginia-Public Domain
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The image below shows which portions of land within California and Nevada are controlled by which prinicipal meridian.
Humboldt Meridian (Top)
Adopted 1853. Governing surveys - California.
Mount Diablo Meridian (Middle)
Adopted 1851. Governing surveys - California and Nevada.
San Bernardino Meridian (Bottom)
Adopted 1852. Governing surveys - California.
Latitudes and Longitudes shown are taken from the Manual of Instructions for the Survey of the Public Lands of the United States 1973 (Page 60). Prepared by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management as Technical Bulletin 6, and published by United States Government Printing office, Washington, D.C.,
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