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Near Cortez in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Colorado

(Four Corners)

 
 
Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2010
1. Colorado Marker
Inscription. Colorado Territory was created in 1861 for its gold, silver and other mineral resources. Its western boundary was designated as 32 degrees of longitude west of the Washington Meridian.

Colorado became a state in 1876. In 1878, U.S. Surveyor Rollin J. Reeves started from the Four Corners Monument and marked a line going north along the boundary of the State of Colorado and the Utah Territory, with a team of surveyors using a 66-foot-long chain and a transit/compass made of wood, glass and brass. The original marked line has been upheld in legal challenges over a more technically precise location.

The Four Corners Monument, first set by Chandler Robbins in 1875, has been replaced and upgraded in 1899, 1931, 1962, 1992 and 2010.
 
Erected 2010 by National Society of Professional Surveyors.
 
Location. 36° 59.95′ N, 109° 2.709′ W. Marker is near Cortez, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker can be reached from 4 Corners Road half a mile west of U.S. 160. Click for map. Marker is located at the Four Corners Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Cortez CO 81321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Utah (a few
Four Corners Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
2. Four Corners Monument
View is to the east. The 37th Parallel is running from lower right to center of photo.
steps from this marker in Utah); Arizona (a few steps from this marker in Arizona); New Mexico (a few steps from this marker in New Mexico); Four Corners – A Common Bond (within shouting distance of this marker in New Mexico); Beclabito Dome (approx. 11.7 miles away in New Mexico).
 
Four Corners Survey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
3. Four Corners Survey Marker
Colorado State Seal image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2010
4. Colorado State Seal
Four Corners image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 1, 1994
5. Four Corners
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 869 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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