Message #59 From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 19:48:25 Subject: Aline In The Sand [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : [ SASIG Ed. Note: See California State Historical Landmarks or Nevada Historical Marker Index. To learn more about 1874-era steamers on the Colorado River, see Vanished Arizona (Martha Summerhayes / Project Gutenberg E-text)] From: Aline Laforge ALaforge@az.blm.gov Mac and Maggie McShan of Needles CA, in their own local publication "Footprints" (October 1975, p 2-3), wrote about a dedication ceremony being held in Nov. 1975 at the Von Schmidt boundary monument. The monument marks the end of the first surveyed line between California and Nevada at the Colorado River floodplain. It was cast in San Francisco in 1872 and brought by river steamer up the Colorado River in 1873. Apparently the line, which was surveyed by Alex Von Schmidt and his team, was not correct and a later survey placed the state boundary line approximately 3/4 mile north. The monument is designated as California Historical Landmark No. 859 and Nevada Historical Landmark No. 188 but even the location of this monument is not at the original location of the first survey. In the early 1970's personnel from the Bureau of Land Management Yuma Arizona office did archive research and field surveys to attempt to determine the location of the original Von Schmidt line which is believed to be approximately .1 miles south of the current monument location. In the 1970's the monument's current location was called the "wrong wrong line" and the supposed location the "right wrong line". The monument is easy to find on the River Road between Needles CA and Laughlin NV. Archive information is available at the BLM Lake Havasu Field Office.