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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