Zero Milestone marker is an easy point to miss

Zero Milestone marker at Capitol Square in downtown RichmondWHAT: Zero Milestone marker

LOCATION: Just east of the intersection of Grace and 9th streets at the northwestern corner of Virginia State Capitol Square, downtown Richmond, Va.

ARTIST: Unknown.


DESCRIPTION: The three-foot tall stone and bronze marker is the is the official Virginia highway point of measurement of distances from Richmond for Virginia. The indiscrete marker is an easy point to miss among the many sculptures and monuments on the grounds of Capitol Square. An inscription says “Zero Milestone, Virginia Highways.” It is located at N 37° 32.380 W 077° 26.046 18S E 284947 N 4157525.

2 responses to this post.

  1. The Zero Milestone was actually one of several designed by the same Washington architect, H.W. Peaslee. The Pacific Milestone, a near duplicate to this stone, is in the center of San Diego. Rogersville, TN (on the Lee Highway); Lexington, KY; Memphis, TN; St. Augustine, FL; and San Antonio, TX all have existing milestones from this period of the 1920s. They were used to measure verbal route descriptions for motorists along early auto trails. The Lincoln and Bankhead highways are mentioned on this stone since the 1919 and 1920 Army Motor Transport convoys left from here. A young Lt. Eisenhower accompanied the Lincoln Highway convoy. The Lee Highway Association was primarily responsible for placing this stone.


  2. Posted by Citizen Tom on December 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks, I was wondering where that was.
    I remember as a kid running across the zero milestone marker in DC and was quite impressed.


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