Meridian-Baseline State Park

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Meridian-Baseline State Park
Map showing the location of Meridian-Baseline State Park
Map showing the location of Meridian-Baseline State Park
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Ingham County, Michigan and Jackson County, Michigan
Flag of the United States.svg United States
Nearest city Leslie, Michigan
Coordinates 42°25′26″N 84°21′49″W / 42.42393°N 84.36368°W / 42.42393; -84.36368Coordinates: 42°25′26″N 84°21′49″W / 42.42393°N 84.36368°W / 42.42393; -84.36368
Area 88 acres (36 ha)
Governing body Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Meridian-Baseline State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Michigan in both Ingham County and Jackson County.

This 88-acre (36 ha) landlocked area contains the intersection of the Michigan meridian and the baseline used for the Michigan Survey. The park is marked with two monuments that show where the two mismatched baselines meet the principal meridian at the North Initial Point and South Initial Point. The park is not accessible to the public,[1] and can only be reached by a 20-minute drive across private property.[2] It is currently being preserved for its historic value.[1]

On October 12, 2015 the State of Michigan in conjunction with the Ingham and jackson Counties, opened access to Meridian Baseline State Park. Included in the improvements were Road signs, a parking lot, improved tail, a bridge over the creek and trail markers. In 2016 an additional boardwalk was completed in the wetlands near the markers. [3] [4]

In the 1960s and 1970s, land was acquired and money was raised toward establishing a Museum of Surveying on the site. However, in 1981, the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors instead opened a museum in Lansing, Michigan. Local residents maintain hope that the site will eventually be made accessible to the public.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Meridian-Baseline State Park". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved January 13, 2012. This unique, landlocked park designates the spot where all township, range and section measurements begins for the entire state of Michigan. It is not accessible to the public, but is being preserved for its historic value. 
  2. ^ a b Wyatt, Ken (December 31, 2010). "Meridian-Baseline site is indeed special". Jackson Citizen Patriot. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
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External links[edit]

  • "Michigan Meridian". Principal Meridian Project. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  • "Michigan Meridian". The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  • [1] Photo of the North Initial Point
  • [2] Baseline-meridian plaque at the South Initial Point