The Granite Post International Boundary Park
John P. Evans, Jr.
Interested in seeing a marker along the 1841 meridian boundary between the Republic of Texas and the United States? Then the place to go is the small 3-acre International Boundary Park located on the north side of Texas 31/Louisiana 765 approximately 6 miles northwest of Logansport, Louisiana and 10 miles southeast of Deadwood, Texas. This historical site offers easy access to the 9 inches square by 10 feet long granite post that was set April 23, 1841 marking the international boundary.
Placement of the granite post is described as follows in the April 22 and 23 entry in the United States and Republic of Texas Commission Journals:
“On the evening of the 23d,  the distance of 44.3 feet was accurately measured west from the meridian on which the transit was placed and a granite block 10 feet
long and 9 inches square there set up, 5 feet in the ground. On the south side of this
block is engraved meridian boundary, established A.D. 1841; on the east side U.S.;
on the west side R.T.*
* At the southwest corner of the granite at the depth of four feet below the surface of the earth is buried a bottle, closed with a ground stopper and sealed, containing,
written on parchment, the following inscription, viz: To mark the meridian boundary between the United States of America and the Republic of Texas, this
stone is erected on this the 22d day of April, 1841 – two miles and 1,998.5 feet distant, north of the 32d degree of north latitude, where it intersects the western bank of the river Sabine – under the provisions of a Convention between the two countries,
concluded 25th April, 1838.
J.H. OVERTON, U.S. Commissioner
J.R. CONWAY, U.S. Surveyor
GEORGE W. SMYTH, Texas Commissioner
A.B. GRAY, Texas Surveyor
H.P. BEE, Clerk to Texas Commissioner
JAMES KEARNEY, Lt. Col. Top. Engineers
J. EDMUND BLAKE, 1st Lt. Top. Engineers
L. SITGREAVES, 1st Lt. Top. Engineers”
A close inspection of the south face of the granite post clearly shows that the year initially engraved in the post was 1840. It is also evident that there was a later attempt to alter the date to read 1841, probably in order to agree with the actual year in which the granite post was placed. One will also notice that the post has been broken about a foot above the ground. It has been said that the post was broken by a fallen tree during logging operations and later cemented back together.
South Face of the Granite Post. West Face of the Granite Post
East Face of the Granite Post North Face of the Granite Post
Information contained in this article is adapted from pages 68-74 and 250
Evolution of the Texas - Louisiana Boundary: In Search of the Elusive Corner.
Copyright © 2017 by Jim Tiller and John P. Evans, Jr
Article Posted 7/22/2019
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The subject being addressed is the Boundary Survey of 1841, Between
The Republic of Texas and The United States. This survey was the first
attempt to locate on the ground the boundary of The Louisiana Purchase. Today it is the common boundary of Texas, Louisiana & Arkansas.
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