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