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And the West is History: Governors at Four Corners Monument – 1948

The Four Corners Monument, the only place in the U.S. where four states all share a common border, is a popular tourist destination. Nevertheless, it is on many lists of the most overrated U.S. tourist attractions. Its isolation, lack of nearby attractions, lack of cell and internet service as well as unappealing scenery earns it low marks with some travelers. The concrete slab marking the exact point is said to be off by about 1,800 feet. However, the U.S. government has accepted the present location of the marker as legally binding. Here Govs. Joseph Lee of Utah, Dan Garvey of Arizona, William Knous of Colorado and Thomas Mabry of New Mexico meet for lunch, each sitting in his own state in July 1948. Publicized in the press at the time, “the meeting – impossible anywhere else in the nation – never had been held before.” – Ed Horvat for Animas Museum, edhorvat@animasmuseum.org (Catalog Number: 13.07.14 from the La Plata County Historical Society Photo Collections)

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