Misplaced Four Corners
There is only one spot in the United States where four state lines converge: the intersection of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Drive through desolate countryside on a two lane road and you'll find the Four Corner's Monument. Visitors can have their pictures taken while standing in four states at once... or at least that's the idea. The problem is that new information from the National Geodetic Survey shows that the monument is actually 2.5 miles off target. Oops!
SALT LAKE CITY -- Tourists who want to put a hand or foot in each of four states at the Four Corners area are apparently off the mark - by about 2.5 miles.According to readings by the National Geodetic Survey, the Four Corners marker showing the intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah is about 2.5 miles west of where it should be.The only place in the United States where four state boundaries come together was first surveyed by the U.S. government in 1868 during the initial survey of Colorado's southern boundary line.The intended location was 109 degrees west longitude and 37 degrees north latitude. But, because of surveying errors, the popular tourist spot is a bit off.The accurate location would be downhill to the east of U.S. 160 in Colorado and northeast of the San Juan River as it flows into New Mexico.
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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States