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The Mason-Dixon mystery

July 20, 2009
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Delmarvanow.com: MARDELA SPRINGS -- There's a historical mystery brewing here that has some folks puzzled and excited.

By Brice Stump
Staff Writer
July 19, 2009

Delmarvanow.com: MARDELA SPRINGS -- There's a historical mystery brewing here that has some folks puzzled and excited.

In 1904, someone took one or two boundary stones from the site of the famous starting point of the Mason-Dixon survey line near here, and exhibited them in the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition in the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, said retired farmer Richard Wright, 85.

Problem is, at the same time, the 45-mile "crown stone" on the north-south Tangent Line in Marydel, was removed and exhibited at the fair. It wasn't until 1954 that the marker was replaced. It is well documented that the Marydel marker was in the World's Fair, but there is no known record of any stone being taken from the Mardela area.

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