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Massachusetts - New Hampshire - Vermont Tri-state

Coordinates (NAD27) N4243'36.6" W7227'31.8"
UTM Coordinates (NAD27) 18T 708053 4733398
UTM Coordinates (WGS84) 18T 708047 4733612
Elevation 190 feet (57.9 meters)

Description

The tri-state monument originally stood on the west bank of the Connecticut River. It is described as a pyramid-topped granite monument bearing the names of the states on its top faces and having a copper bolt in its apex. A dam was later constructed downstream, raising the water level and burying the monument under six feet of sand and silt. In 1970 the water level was lowered for dam repairs. Local residents Ernest Murray, Paul Murray, and Willis Parker unearthed the monument temporarily. A small witness monument was erected 11 meters west of the buried monument. A news story and photo appeared in the February 21, 1970 edition of the Greenfield Recorder. A large witness monument stands on Murray's lawn atop a high bank 582 feet west of the buried monument . In August 1998 I (Brian Butler), Gregg Butler, and Mike Donner found the monument by probing with a thin metal rod and attempted to dig it up, but the hole filled with water and silt too fast. We secured a large piece of driftwood in the hole over the monument.


Photos (click to enlarge)

Brian Butler, Mike Donner, and Gregg Butler (left to right) at the presumed tri-point after erecting a piece of driftwood over the buried monument.
Photo by Gregg Butler
Gregg Butler filling in the hole above the buried tri-state monument.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
Inscription side of witness monument 582 feet from the buried riverside tri-state monument.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
Massachusetts side of the large witness monument.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
New Hampshire side of the large witness monument.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
Vermont side of the large witness monument.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
Small witness post 11 meters west of the buried tri-state monument.
Photo by Gregg Butler
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