I thought this was a joke when i read it but anyways here is the news straight from the horse's mouth.
One of America's most popular tourist destinations has been revealed to be a fake - well, almost - The Four Corners Monument, which claims to be the only spot in the USA where visitors can stand in four separate states, was built in the wrong place... If you thought you were standing in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico at the same time, think again. The famous Four Corners Monument, which was said to mark the intersection of the four states, turns out to be located 3.2 kilometers (2.5miles) west of the actual spot. One of the most unique tourist destinations in the country, the monument has been a lucrative tourist trap since it was built 140 years ago. The current four corners monument is on land owned by the Navajo Nation and the native American tribe has even built a visitor center at the site -so this news will come as something of a blow to them. Scientists from the National Geodetic Survey uncovered the mistake this week and revealed that the man employed to carry out the US Government's original survey of the intersection, in 1868, may have deliberately planted his marker at the wrong spot in order to avoid a tough walk through the desert. Surveyors used satellite maps and GPS units to track down the right location. The monument, which should have been located at 37 degrees north latitude and 109 degrees west longitude is actually located at 36 59 56.31532 degrees north latitude and 109 02 42.62019 degrees west longitude. A steep, rocky hill nearby is the correct location. But all is not lost for the famous state boundary attraction - experts have said that, since the monument was approved by the Government, it is legally the state boundary - regardless of geographic protocol. Bill Case of the Utah Geological Survey said, "What is legal is political, not scientific, and it doesn't matter if you make a mistake. "If all the states and the US Congress say the current Four Corners is the actual Four Corners, then that's that," added Mr Case. I can't help feeling this may be a tough case (sorry) to win with the millions of tourists that haven't actually been standing in all four states at one time. Federal officials say it's up to the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Indian Tribe to decide if they want to move the monument to the correct spot.
All too often I fight with a few feet maybe a few hundred feet in error on the location of survey markers in our maps but no where near the 2.5 mile mistake made by the original land survey of that area. I can only imagine what that is going to do to all the counties, in four states that are affected by this.It doesn't sound like too big a problem but in all reality it is going to be a long process to fix this in at least three separate offices, four states and all those counties. good luck to those employees , this is going to be one expensive job.