The Four Corners Monument is a well-known location, where it is essentially possible to stand in four states at one time. This unique monument relies on a rare geographic style that sees the boundaries of four US states combine in one common location. This location is the only one in the US which features four states at one point. The four states in question are Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Read on to see more details regarding the monument, including its origins and history!
Several changes in state boundaries in the early 1800s paved the way for the monument to be possible. These changes were caused by a mix of treaties, wars and even a concede of land. By 1901, the four borders had been properly surveyed, meaning the monument was ready for completion. After further surveying, which had the intention of ensuring the monument was accurate, the official opening took place in 1931. Since then, it has been survived a World War, and is still going strong!
There have been various reconstructions at the monument. 1992 witnessed a reconstruction, which largely is still seen at the site to this day. 2010 was officially the last time the monument had a reconstruction. There have been numerous controversies in the past regarding whether or not the location is where it should actually be. The difficulty of getting the geographical location to be perfectly accurate is substantial. But while it may not be entirely 100% accurate, the site is still largely correct! The important thing, at the very least, is that it represents the four borders.
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Nowadays the monument is a popular tourist attraction. An admission fee is necessary to reach the monument. The point where the four states actually meet consists of a small bronze circle on a larger circle. The boundaries of each state are clearly shown. There is an abundance of souvenirs and food available too on the outskirts of the monument. Overall, it is a very popular location, and one of the rare places on Planet Earth where you can be in four places at once! Well worth visiting!