Four Corners

On May 27, 2009 · 2 Comments


4 Corners
Four Corners – Summer 1992.
Utah, Colorado, New Mexico & Arizona come together at a single point


Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states join together with a common boundary – a quadripoint. This location is clearly marked and easily accessible by automobile. It is perhaps the most famous and commercialized piece of "strange geography" in the United States. The Navajo Nation maintains the site and charges a nominal admission fee. Enterprising entrepreneurs sell a variety of Native American crafts and other items along the periphery of the monument.

Absolutely no logical reason exists for this barren patch of desert to be commemorated except that two artificially designated lines happen to cross there.

… And yet I’m curiously drawn to it.




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A couple of notes added after the original publication of this entry:

  • I am aware of the controversy concerning the placement of the Four Corners supposedly at the "wrong" spot and the quick rebuttals of that claim. Regardless of the claims and counterclaims, this is the spot that is established and recognized today as the point where four states intersect.
  • There is also a 4-Corners in Canada, featured previously.

On May 27, 2009 · 2 Comments

2 Responses to “Four Corners”

  1. Greg says:

    The Google map shows the UT/CO border doing a clear jog just north of Four Corners. Is that accurate (I assume it is), and do you know the history of it?

    • Good catch, Greg. The Utah – Colorado border is a funny thing. It looks like a straight line on a larger map, and it’s supposed to be a straight line, but it actually has a number of kinks in it. You can see more information on a previous article, "It’s not a Rectangle." The short answer is that it was difficult to survey a completely straight line through rough terrain using 19th Century surveying techniques. You’ll find a number of these small errors on many of the "straight" borders of the Western states. Actually the surveyors did a remarkable job, all things considered.

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