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Point Roberts in Whatcom County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Point Roberts Boundary Marker

The Evergreen State

 
 
Point Roberts Boundary Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 30, 2012
1. Point Roberts Boundary Marker Marker
Inscription. One mile west stands a granite obelisk, the first of a series of similar markers along the 49th parallel, defining the Canadian-American line from the Strait of Georgia to the summit of the Rocky Mountains.
The official survey, begun at Point Roberts in 1857, was a joint venture by American and British boundary commissions.
Completed in 1862, it carried out provisions of the treaty of Washington (June, 15, 1846), and virtually ended the old dispute between Great Britain and the United States over sovereignty in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Erected by Washington State Highway Commission in cooperation with the State Parks & Recreation Commission.
 
Location. 49° 0.069′ N, 123° 4.12′ W. Marker is in Point Roberts, Washington, in Whatcom County. Marker is on Tyee Drive. Click for map. The only access by land to Point Roberts is through Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada on 56th Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 79 Tyee Drive, Point Roberts WA 98281, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 26 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic McMillan Expediton (approx. 9.1 miles away in Canada); The New Westminster Court House and Land Registry Office
Point Roberts Boundary Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 30, 2012
2. Point Roberts Boundary Marker Marker
The marker is viewed from the back. United States Border Crossing Station in the background.
(approx. 25.3 kilometers away in Canada); Carnegie Library (approx. 25.3 kilometers away in Canada); The Great Fire (approx. 25.6 kilometers away in Canada).
 
Also see . . .  The Odd Existence of Point Roberts, Washington. The town sits about 20 miles directly south of Vancouver, on a little peninsular tip of land, jutting just below the 49th parallel. That's the line, as you probably know, that generally demarcates the separation between Canada and the United States, at least from the middle of Minnesota westward. (Submitted on November 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Canada - United States Boundary
 
Categories. Landmarks
 
United State-Canada Boundary Obelisk image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 30, 2012
3. United State-Canada Boundary Obelisk
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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