In a letter in the May 20 Travel section, a reader mentioned visiting Northwest Angle, Minn. -- the northernmost point in the conterminous United States -- some years ago and asked whether anyone knew whether the crossing has changed. It has.
Last summer, I drove there with a friend and some U.S. Geological Survey maps. (Standard road maps are appallingly uninformative.) The boundary is still not well-marked, but there is now a nice aluminum post set in concrete (see photo at right), dated 1980. The "main" road was muddy and very rough, so it was necessary to drive slowly. We were glad of the pace, however, because it allowed us to keep our eyes peeled for any signs of the border. We were rewarded by not only the sight of the aluminum post, but of the border cut in the woods going north and south as far as the eye could see. We thought we saw another post to the south, way off in the distance, but because of the swampiness of the clearcut we did not hike out to it.
We also wanted to visit the point where Manitoba, Ontario, and Minnesota meet, but it's right in Lake of the Woods, and not marked even by a buoy at anchor. But we had a general view of it from a fishing pier in the village of Northwest Angle.
We did get within sight of the point shared by South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming -- in the middle of a cattle-infested muddy field 20 miles from Castle Rock, S.D., the supposed geographic center of the 50 states. If anyone knows of a book about all of the three-state corners in this country (we all know about Four Corners), I would love to know about it. I've been to several of them (Maryland-Pennsylvania-West Vir- ginia; Tennessee-Alabama-Georgia; Colorado-Wyoming-Nebraska; Texas-New Mexico-Oklahoma; New Jersey-Pennsylvania-New York; Ohio-Indiana-Michigan), but it is difficult to find a map with sufficient detail to ensure finding the exact spot.
I'm hoping to get to Point Roberts someday, but I was happy to see a short piece about it this winter on television.
J. Reid Williamson Annandale
I have received so many comments on my article about our safari in Kenya in the March 4 Travel section that I would like to inform interested readers about the source of our exceptional journey. Our safari director was David Mead of Ker & Downey (P.O. Box 41822, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa). He receives my highest recommendations.
Livingston Biddle Washington
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