Point of Beginning

Idaho surveyors set new monument at Initial Point near Kuna, the basis of all land deeds in Idaho

March 13, 2009

BY SANDRA FORESTER - sforester@idahostatesman.com
Published: 03/10/09

In April 1867, after several weeks delay from cold, stormy weather, Idaho Territory's first surveyor general, Lafayette Cartee, chose a small, lonely butte south of Kuna as the point from which the state's meridian and baseline would be established.

It's called Initial Point.

"It's important because it's the starting place of all land descriptions in Idaho," said David Couch, a retired Ada County surveyor.

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