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Connecticut - Massachusetts - New York Tri-state

Coordinates (NAD27) N4202'58.1" W7329'16.0"
UTM Coordinates (NAD27) 18T 625145 4656155
UTM Coordinates (WGS84) 18T 625143 4656374
Elevation 2145 feet (653.8 meters)


This tri-state monument was set during an 1898 survey of the Massachusetts - New York boundary. Consequently "Connecticut" is not inscribed on the stone, but resourceful visitors frequently paint "Conn" on the side facing the Nutmeg State. The monument is easy to reach during summer by taking Mt. Washington Rd. in Salisbury, CT (a.k.a. East Street in Mt. Washington, MA) to a trailhead on the W side of the road at coordinates UTM 18T 626455E 4654438N and following the trail NW approximately 1 mile. A hundred feet before the trail crosses Monument Brook a side trail diverges N (CT-MA boundary monument a few yards N) and climbs moderately to a clearing and the tri-state monument.

Mt. Washington Road/East Street is closed during winter. The tri-state monument is also accessible via trails in the Mt. Washington State Forest (MA) and Taconic State Park (NY). An excellent trail map is available from the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference.

Photos (click to enlarge)

The tri-state monument, showing the NY and 1898 sides. The stone fragments in the foreground are remnants of an earlier monument dating from an 1853 survey of the MA-NY line.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
Visitors frequently arrange the remnants in novel configurations.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
There is usually an ersatz Connecticut inscription like the one shown here.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
The author after adding a log to the cairn.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
The author, Clem, and his tri-state hunting dog.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
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