April 21, 2009

Four Corners Monument should be over there

The U.S. National Geodetic Survey says the monument marking the spot where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet is 2 1/2 miles from where it belongs.

The National Geodetic Survey said the location of the Four Corners was determined to be at 109 degrees west longitude and 37 degrees north latitude during the 1868 survey of Colorado's southern boundary line but due to surveying errors, the monument was installed at 109 02 42.62019 west longitude and 36 59 56.31532 north latitude, 2 1/2 miles west from where the state boundaries actually meet, the Deseret News in Salt Lake City reported Tuesday.

That's a long ways to be off, said David Bronson, a surveyor with San Juan County, Utah. However, he said the marker is unlikely to be moved as the current location has been established for 110 years.