Recently, the Tallgrass Title team, a/k/a “Title Squad” took a trip to the 6th Principal Meridian (6th P.M.) as it intersects the Kansas-Nebraska border. This geographical location has important significance to Kansas title insurance professionals as all legal descriptions in Kansas, at some point, contain a reference to the 6th P.M.
The 6th Principal Meridian is a north-south surveying line that intersects Kansas and Nebraska and is the basis for all legal descriptions in those states as well as portions of Colorado and Wyoming. When the first surveyors began the process of surveying real estate in Kansas, they set a marker on the Kansas-Nebraska line and all real estate descriptions in Kansas begin at that point. If you are east of this line, all legal descriptions will end with “east of the 6th P.M.” and if you are west of the line, well, you get the point. It begins at the north border of our state and travels south through the towns of Solomon and Wichita. In fact, Meridian street in Wichita marks the location of the 6th P.M. as it travels through the city.
At Tallgrass Title, we deal with legal descriptions of real estate with every transaction. We have often joked about the location of the 6th P.M. and commented in jest that we should take a field trip to visit the marker. Well, a few days ago we did just that! The Title Squad loaded up and traveled to
visit the marker near Mahaska, Kansas. Amazingly enough, it just so happens to be located on Meridian Road. Party at the Principal was a great day of real estate education and fulfilling our office promise of visiting the 6th.