Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument
San Bernardino County, California
Original Date Visited: 3/16/09
Signed: This marker has never been signed by the SHPO since it's located within California and out of the jurisdiction of Nevada. The closest thing we have is a sign for California's SHL 859 (CA's "Von Schmidt Marker") -- Northbound side of the road.
A Nevada Historical Marker ... In California?
Here's the kicker. If it wasn't for California signing their version of the Von Schmidt Boundary (SHL 859), you'd never know this marker was here. To make things even more interesting, this one sits well back from the highway making it nearly impossible to see from the road. For any signage to occur in the future it would have to be a collaborative effort between NDOT and CalTrans. This marker has never been signed by the SHPO since it's located within California and out of the jurisdiction of Nevada. NDOT placed this marker so far back from the pavement that even catching a glimpse of it in the corner of your eye will be a stroke of luck, so don't expect to find it on a first attempt. I speak for myself that if I hadn't seen the sign for SHL 859 in my rear mirror I could've easily kept on driving! Here is the view you'll get as you pass the marker. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
Keep your eyes peeled about 1 mile south of the state line for the giant sign to the AVI Casino. This will be the junction "Aha Macav Parkway." The turnout for Von Schmidt is literally seconds of this junction on the left. The signage for SHL 859 is on northbound side with nothing at all on the southbound side. In other words if you see the photo above you've already passed this marker. Turn around and head back the way you came. Good luck!
This marker commemorates the iron column erected in 1873 at the southernmost tip of the boundary survey line run by Allexey W. Von Schmidt, U.S. astronomer and surveyor. The line dividing Nevada and California was based on preliminary geodetic work by Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives. Ives determined the Colorado River end of the proposed oblique California-Nevada boundary. Von Schmidt calculated and ran the first complete survey of the boundary. His solar observations erred slightly--the actual line now being 3/4 mile to the north.
California Historical Marker #859
This boundary monument, a cast iron column erected in 1873, marks the southern terminus of the California-Nevada State Boundary established by A.W. Von Schmidt's 1872-73 survey. Von Schmidt's line, the first officially recognized oblique state line between California and Nevada, erred slightly. The boundary was later corrected to the present line, 3/4 mile to the north.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 859.
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Marker Superlatives CHL No. 859 Von Schmidt Boundary Monument (CA Landmarks)
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