Anyone who knows their American geography knows that in the southwestern United States, the four states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado all meet at one place. This is the result of state lines being drawn between 1876 and 1912.
The result fascinates many Americans. I have no idea why; it’s just two straight, imaginary, intersecting lines on a map. Near these lines runs route 666 (really!) and travelers can pull over and actually stand in four different states, simultaneously. I understand that someone built a metal stand on the spot, and that there’s some kind of monument to the brilliant men who drew these lines. I have no idea why so many people are intrigued by this. I’m intrigued by it, too, and I want to visit the Four Corners some day, and I have no idea why.
Anyway, in 1999 the Canadian government made a Four Corners of its own. For those who don’t know, the Northwest Territories was split into two parts: Nunavut Territory and a section that’s still called the Northwest Territories. The border between Northwest and Nunavut runs straight into the border between the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Does anyone else want to go to this new Four Corners? Or is there something wrong with me? My map shows me that there’s a Lake Kasba in the vicinity of the Four Corners, but I can’t tell if the Four Corners is underwater or not. At any rate, this intersection is in the middle of nowhere, with no significant settlements and no roads nearby. You could probably fly there, except that there’s probably nowhere to land a plane. Standing (or treading water) on this spot is out of the question, I guess. And it’s not like there’s much call for new roads in the area. From what I understand, Nunavut Territory has about eighteen miles of paved road in it (or is that eighteen miles of road, period?) Driving there is out of the question.
This would be cool, though. If I had the money for such travel, I’d try to get a group together to meet in Black Lake, Saskatchewan (the nearest settlement) to see about getting to North America’s newest Four Corners. (Of course, there are not one but two Four Cornerses in Mexico, and I’ve never heard of those having been exploited for their tourist potentials. Maybe bringing some dignity to those overlooked, unnatural wonders might be in order?
Anyone else fascinated by this? Or is it just me that’s out of his gourd, eh?