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Property Name MERIDIAN ROAD
Reference Number 13000081
State Florida
County Leon
Town Tallahassee
Street Address linear resource roughly John Hancock Dr. to Georgia State line, Tallahassee, FL
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status 03/20/2013 Listed
Areas of Significance TRANSPORTATION
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000081.pdf
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Meridian Road is nominated to the National Register for significance on the local level under criterion A in the area of Transportation. Meridian Road is associated with the growth and development of Leon County, Florida, which for a time in the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth, was the center of cotton production in the state. The road served as one of the major local conduits to move agricultural products from the county's plantations and farms to market in the capital city of Tallahassee and to shipping points on the Gulf of Mexico. In 1824, as a new territory of the United States, a Prime Meridian Marker was placed at the southeast corner of Tallahassee, from which all land surveys in Florida derive their origin. Originating at the Meridian Marker, Benjamin Clements surveyed the longitudinal north/south Meridian Road in 1824. This was one of the first roads surveyed in Florida. This major thoroughfare continues to connect the rural areas of Leon County to the City of Tallahassee.

 

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