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Zero Mile Stone - Charleston, West Virginia


A zero mile, point of origin, or in many places in the world, a zero kilometer, is used to serve as a point from which roads, squares, or lots are measured. Many cities, states, and countries historically have had a zero mile from which they measure distances, including Detroit, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. Even international locations such as Pune and Nagpur in India have a zero mile stone. At one time, the United States Geological Survey would use post offices to mark the zero mile of towns, but now use landmarks such as city halls or town squares. During a search of Google Maps, I stumbled across a Zero Mile Stone located in Charleston, West Virginia, and I felt it was right down my alley to make it a point to visit when my travels took me to that corner of the Mountain State.

Located on Kanawha Boulevard (US 60) across the street from the West Virginia State Capitol building and grounds, the Zero Mile Stone of the State Road Commission of West Virginia was originally put in place in 1934. The Zero Mile Stone did not last long on the Capitol grounds, as it was removed from that location in 1938 due to municipal street construction. The Zero Mile Stone was later reset at its present location in 1956 along the sidewalk with its back facing the Kanawha River. While highway distances are measured differently today, the Zero Mile Stone monument once marked the location where all points and distances in the State of West Virginia were measured. However, the Zero Mile Stone serves as a reminder of how units of measure were used in previous generations.

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Sources and Links:
The Historical Marker Database - Zero Mile Stone
The Marietta Times - How many more miles? It depends on where you measure (November 12, 2022)


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