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Where is the Mason Dixon Line?
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John    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:27:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know where it is I just want to see how many people actualy know where it is at.

Mike    Posted 01-30-2004 at 16:52:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It runs along the Tennessee Kentucky line. I live about 12 miles south of it and try not to cross it unless necessary.

Mark    Posted 01-30-2004 at 20:15:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
What are you talking about. Its above Maryland not any were near you.

Mac/MS    Posted 01-30-2004 at 14:54:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know I live a fer piece south of it.

Kat in NJ    Posted 01-30-2004 at 13:37:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A local New Jersey History site relates how a NJ Department of Transportation marker in Long Beach Island is the unofficial start of the Mason Dixon Line:

Location of the monument on Long Beach Island: Latitude 39 degrees, 43 minutes and 26.3 seconds North. As per the GPS the line passes though Long Beach Island in Loveladies, near the LBI Association and a blue house on Long Beach Boulevard.
Directions: Take Route 72 East then make a left (North) on Long Beach Boulevard. The LBI Association will be on the left in Loveladies. Look for the weird art in front of the place. Park in their lot and walk out to the roadway and you will see the marker on the side of the roadway.

The Nor'easter Bar in Long Beach Island has billed itself as "South of the Mason-Dixon Line."

For more on the NJ Connection:

john    Posted 01-30-2004 at 14:07:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
that would not work sinse the line starts running south when it hits delaware

Kat in NJ    Posted 01-30-2004 at 16:32:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Like I said, it is unofficial! I think what the DOT did was draw a line from where the line does touch across part of New Jersey below Philly and go east to the coast -- sort of a "wishful thinking" if the survey had continued straight across the state. There is, down around Exit two or three on the NJ Turnpike, a marker for where the Mason-Dixon line does swing across the lower southwest corner of the state in an area that used to be the Delaware border.

Unfortunately, if you were using the line to delineate which were slave states, New Jersey north above the line had far more slaves than south Jersey!

Ron/PA, yer all wrong,,,,    Posted 01-30-2004 at 10:39:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's 5 feet south of wherever I am at the time. I could be in some truckstop in Minnesooooooota and some darned fool would stand south of me in line and call me a danged yankee! I wondered if the PA MD line moved with me.

Crackerhead    Posted 01-30-2004 at 10:56:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your southern friend was sadly mistaken.A yankee is someone with a northern accent.A da--ed yankee is a yankee that has moved south of the Mason Dixon line.

Crackerhead    Posted 01-30-2004 at 10:22:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You don't need a map to know if you have crossed the Mason Dixon line.If you are traveling from the south to the north when you cross it you will notice more drinking,cussing,jobs and cold weather.If you are traveling north to south when you cross it you will notice more bible thumping, front porch sitting,catfish and hot weather.

Actually,    Posted 01-30-2004 at 10:31:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
You don't need the state-line signs when you cross the PA/MD border. When traveling south, when the car stops bouncing & rattling from the potholes, and the road becomes wide and smooth, you're in Maryland. When going north, when you hit a pothole that takes out the front end, you're back in Pennsylvania.

Many years of experience in this matter ;(

Red Dave

deadcarp    Posted 01-30-2004 at 11:08:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
that pothole business still true? jeez 20 years ago we knew we'd got to erie when we crossed a pothole with whitecaps on it! lol - you'd think they'd have fixed them by now! i remember their 6-month vehicle rust inspections too - everybody drove around with pop riveted tin patches on their cars.

you got that right    Posted 01-30-2004 at 10:34:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maryland has excellent roads. And, they post road names well in advance so you don't cause an accident looking for your turn. ........gfp

Cindi    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:45:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's that line right between Mson and Dixon.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:38:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
The 'original' surveyed border between Maryland and Pennsylvania as layed out by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon...Survey completed about 1767 if I remember correctly...

What do I win?

PS...    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:40:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pennsylvania at that time included Deleware...SO you have to account for that...

Geeze...    Posted 01-30-2004 at 10:05:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
You'd think I would catch the easy ones...



Alias    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:45:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye, Did the original M&D line include the semi-circle around Wilmington, Del.?

Found it...    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:55:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here ya go...

"The Delaware/Pennsylvania border extends in an easterly direction for about a mile from the point where Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania meet. It then follows a circular arc which extends around the north of Wilmington to the Delaware River. This arc is centred on the dome of the courthouse in the town of New Castle, which is a few miles south of Wilmington. Since the arc has a radius of twelve miles it is known as the Twelve Mile Arc. The twelve mile arc was not part of the original Mason-Dixon Line as surveyed by Mason and Dixon but its history is interesting nevertheless. I am not aware of any other boundaries which are arcs of circles anywhere in the world"

Alais    Posted 01-30-2004 at 10:21:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks. I wasn't all together sure about that arc. That's what happens whenever you assume something by association.

Hmmm, Didn't Know That    Posted 01-30-2004 at 10:03:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have driven through that arc many times on the way south & east. Often wondered how it came to be the PA/DE line.
Learned something new today.

Red Dave, the no longer (as) ignorant

Hmmm...    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:48:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dunno 'exactly'...

The entire 'survey' really extended some 23 years I think and was not 'completed' till after the War of Independance...Let me see if I can find a 'map'...

Red Dave    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:31:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
About 20 miles south of me.

Paula    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:29:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
On my side of the woods its between Maryland and
Pennsylvania. Specifically for me between emmitsburg
and carrol valley.


Paula    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:51:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't go up 15that far, I go to PA via emmitsburg. I get
off the highway at S.Seton, drive through Emmitsburg
into carroll valley, PA (rte 16 I think) then into Fairfield
and Orrtanna.

So I cross the line on the northern border of
emmitsburg, MD.


Ron/PA, Hey Paula,    Posted 01-30-2004 at 10:45:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just c'mon up 15 a way's further, and we'll meet you folks and show you,,, well uhhh,, we'll tell you about,,, aw nuts all we got is coal mines and rock fields. How about we meet at your end and go for some sea food???? Since Donna doesn't like seafood we'll get her a burger.
I'm heading for Elkton tonight.

Dennis    Posted 01-30-2004 at 11:04:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Be careful of Elkton, Ron. I married my second ex-wife

Les...You mean    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:48:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Between Emmitsburg and Gettysburg? Like on route 15?

Alias    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:40:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the state lines that marks the boundary between Maryland and Pensylvania; And, between Pennsylvania and Delaware; And, between Delaware and Maryland.

Paula    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:49:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was just referring to where I cross it specifically.


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