Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A wasted trip: Four Corners marker off by 2.5 miles

Imagine my chagrin when i read this article:

Monday, 20 April 2009
Readings show Four Corners marker off by 2.5 miles Print E-mail
The Associated Press

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 more than a couple 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 actually just 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.

"That's a long ways to be off," said David Bronson, surveyor of San Juan County, Utah. Still, he said the monument's present location is the accepted one.

Bronson said that given the crude equipment of the era, it's amazing surveyors were as accurate as they were around the time the marker was established.

Do they not appreciate how long a drive it is? How on the way to nothing this means?? They have managed to negate the not-to-be-repeated memory-making experience, nay precious bonding moments with my bored out of their minds, tired into delirium, way-to0-small-to-appreciate-the-extra-drive children??? Aarghh. Researchers, phooey on you. I mean, really. Is this information a matter of national security? Will it bring on world peace?? Will it reverse global warming??? I thought not. This, dear scientist is not a matter of interest at all. TMI, is all I have to say.

Yup. We all fell for it, even Roxie the dog. Hook, line and sinker.


Jenny said...

I know I shouldn't laugh but, oh, this is funny! All your posing and such - you might as well have been in your own backyard.

Miss Jen said...

What the @#$%^&*!!?! I am seriously annoyed! That trip sucked! OK that leg of the trip sucked. Wasn't that the Grand Canyon trip? I seem to remember being chased off the premises of a skanky grocery store by dingos.

Tammy said...

haha, too funny! When did you do? your kids look old enough to remember that. I have a neighbor who actually is from the "four corners" area.