Thursday, February 7, 2013

Where I Run: Mason-Dixon Line Marker (Mile 99)

Another installment in my occasional series about visiting and photographing the mile marker stones set in the mid-1700s by the surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon.  Super information about The Line and on-the-ground directions may be found here, courtesy of the Mason & Dixon Line Preservation Partnership.
The Mason and Dixon Line (or Mason-Dixon Line) runs for 233 miles along parallel 39°43’ in the eastern United States, marking the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania. The line was surveyed by English astronomers Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in 1763-1768 to settle property disputes between the Penns and the Calverts, proprietors of Pennsylvania and Maryland, respectively. 
 Here are a couple of my shots:
This is the stone at Mile 99, looking north, sitting placidly between the road (Leitersburg Pike) in the foreground, my minivan, and a farm building.

A close-up of the south-facing side, with the "M" of Maryland clearly visible.
I've run by this stone after having been dropped off by the bride on her way to work...but at the time I was totally unaware of its existence.  Now it's a special place.

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