by Larry Bingham
The Oregonian Oregon might not have been laid out like the Oregon we know without it.
Washington, too, for that matter.

And yet how many of us know much about the Willamette Stone, except it sounds like something we should remember from a history class?

The stone -- which marks the intersection of the Willamette Meridian, running north to the Puget Sound and south to California, and the Willamette Baseline, running east to Idaho and west to the Pacific Ocean -- established the grid that government surveyors used to measure land into six-mile squares, called townships, after the Donation Land Claim Act of 1850.

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