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Near Shiprock in San Juan County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Four Corners – A Common Bond

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2010
1. Four Corners – A Common Bond Marker
Inscription. This is the only place in the United States marking the common corner of four states – Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

Who established this corner?

The four corners monument was established and perpetuated by U.S. Government Surveyors and Astronomers beginning in 1868. Surveyors Darling, Robbins, Reeves and Carpenter surveyed the boundary lines between the states.

In 1899, U.S. Surveyors Hubert Page and James Lentz found the four corners monument disturbed and broken. They marked and set a new stone at the original location. Everett Kimmell, General Land Office, remonumented the Page – Lentz stone with a concrete and brass monument in 1931. The Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs poured a concrete paving block around the Kimmell monument in 1962. In 1992, Cadastral Surveyors Darryl Wilson and Jack Eaves officially remonumented the deteriorating Kimmell marker with an aluminum bronze disc. The structure that you see today was rebuilt by the Bureau of Land Management.

The four corners area is surrounded by Indian Lands. The Navajo Nation lies in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The Ute Mountain Ute Nation is located in Colorado. Respect the culture and traditions of the four corners area.
 
Location.
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By Volker Schmidt, May 2005
2. Four Corners – A Common Bond Marker
36° 59.934′ N, 109° 2.708′ W. Marker is near Shiprock, New Mexico, in San Juan County. Marker can be reached from State Road 597 at milepost 0.4, half a mile west of U.S. 160. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shiprock NM 87420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Mexico (here, next to this marker); Arizona (a few steps from this marker in Arizona); Colorado (within shouting distance of this marker in Colorado); Utah (within shouting distance of this marker in Utah); Beclabito Dome (approx. 11.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Why the Four Corners Monument is in Exactly the Right Place. (Submitted on October 4, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
 
Four Corners – A Common Bond image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2010
3. Four Corners – A Common Bond
Marker is at far left in photo.
Four Corners Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2010
4. Four Corners Monument
View is to the east. The 37th Parallel is running from lower right to center of photo.
Four Corners Survey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2010
5. Four Corners Survey Marker
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By Mike Stroud, June 1, 1994
6. Four Corners
Utah Colorado
Arizona New Mexico
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,188 times since then and 104 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week October 17, 2010. Photos:   1. submitted on October 4, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   2. submitted on April 30, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany.   3, 4, 5. submitted on October 4, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   6. submitted on October 5, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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