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Friday question: how did the northern border of WV/MD come to be?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 10, 2021 11:55AM
You know, that very strange projection on the eastern side leaving nearly no gap at the PA border.
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Re: Friday question: how did the northern border of WV/MD come to be?
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: September 10, 2021 12:13PM
The Mason-Dixon Line and the Potomac River .

A lot of boundary disputes had to be settled.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/10/2021 12:14PM by TheCaber.
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Re: Friday question: how did the northern border of WV/MD come to be?
Posted by: hal
Date: September 10, 2021 03:25PM
there was an odd little show called something like, 'How the States got their Shapes' and each show was 15% utterly fascinating info and 85% fluffy garbage.
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Re: Friday question: how did the northern border of WV/MD come to be?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: September 10, 2021 05:06PM
Never saw the TV show, but very much enjoyed Mark Stein's book How the States Got Their Shapes—despite it having no mention at all of the Washington Meridian. There were lots of instances of distant royal or legislative officials coming up with boundaries that, when the country was actually explored, turned out to be oddly shaped or impossible. Several of the royal grants purported to run westward all the way to the Pacific, two centuries before anyone knew how far that might be.

A similar publication from USGS is here as a PDF
[pubs.er.usgs.gov]

or older versions can be read on archive.org or Google Books.
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Re: Friday question: how did the northern border of WV/MD come to be?
Posted by: rgG
Date: September 10, 2021 06:05PM
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hal
there was an odd little show called something like, 'How the States got their Shapes' and each show was 15% utterly fascinating info and 85% fluffy garbage.

I liked that show. smiling smiley





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Friday question: how did the northern border of WV/MD come to be?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 11, 2021 08:21PM
Helps to look at the original Virginia state borders prior to WV splitting during the Civil War.


I've always wondered about Maryland's panhandle where it narrows to 1.8 miles. Why wasn't the area west of that point just absorbed by Virginia?



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