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Full View of Four Corners Monument | by Ken Lund
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Full View of Four Corners Monument

Four Corners monument, Navajo Nation. The stand where you can photograph you friends and family in entertaining and compromising poses straddling four states can be seen, as well as the flags of the United States, the U.S. States, and the Native American tribes with a share in the boundaries.


I first visited the Four Corners Monument in July 2001. I visited the monument again with Alicia in 2005 as part of an extended trip to Moab, Hovenweep, Monument Valley, and Natural Bridges.


The Four Corners Monument marks the quadripoint in the Southwest United States where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet—the only point in the United States where the boundaries of four states intersect. The monument also marks the boundary between two semi-autonomous native American governments, the Navajo Nation, which maintains the monument as a tourist attraction, and the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation.


The monument is closed for construction until September, 2010.


The origins of the state boundaries marked by the monument occurred during the American Civil War, when the U.S. Congress acted to form governments in the area to combat Confederate ambitions for the region. Claims are sometimes made that the monument was misplaced in the initial surveys. The accuracy of the surveys has been defended by the U.S. National Geodetic Survey and the monument has been legally established as the corner of the four states.


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Taken on February 4, 2005