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Title: About the Four Corners
Post by: Alps on April 20, 2009, 08:00:33 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090420/ap_on_fe_st/odd_four_corners_marker_2 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090420/ap_on_fe_st/odd_four_corners_marker_2)

Apparently US 160 never actually does enter New Mexico.  The question is now whether the boundaries will be re-legislated to match where they are now, or whether they will be re-surveyed and the monument... moved?  This will have implications for hundreds or even thousands of miles of roads near the border as to who maintains them.
Title: Re: About the Four Corners
Post by: corco on April 20, 2009, 08:20:05 PM
My guess would be that- if anything- they redefine the state lines to their long-practiced locations, because theoretically this would impact the entire length of those state borders
Title: Re: About the Four Corners
Post by: usends on April 21, 2009, 10:29:20 AM
The Four Corners monument may be off by a little, but it's not off by two miles.  That entire notion is based on a factual inaccuracy.

As far as I can tell, the original article was published by the Deseret News.  That article states, "Its intended location was an even 109 degrees west longitude and 37 degrees north latitude."  This is simply not true.

The monument was originally defined as being 32 degrees west of the (now-abolished) Washington Meridian.  It had nothing to do with the Greenwich Meridian.  As it turns out, "32 degrees west of Washington" is indeed a couple miles away from "109 degrees west of Greenwich".

So this whole thing is the result of some incorrect assumptions.  See my webpage for more info:

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