Oct 09 2008
Most of us have heard of the “Four Corners,” the only place in the United States where four states come together. Because that location is far, far away from Minnesota, I had to settle for the next best thing, a tri-state marker.
The idea for this little jaunt came from a site called North Star Highways, which pointed out that although three states come together in several places, many of them are under water or in jagged terrain. The intersection of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota, however, is on flat land at the junction of two roads.
And so it was, as we were going to LeMars, Iowa, by way of Pipestone, Minnesota, that the tri-state marker was only a few miles out of our way. I read the map, while hubby did the honor of driving, and we told the kids what we were up to. (They were very excited about it, having watched kids at the Four Corners on the TripFLIX DVD that they love.)
We found the marker, which is on the northwest corner of the intersection, but decided that it would be best not to have four kids standing in the middle of the road where the actual point is. Instead, I got out to take a few pictures of the monument, and then we swung the mini-van around, making sure to drive over the exact location and shout out that we were indeed in three states at one time.
This is another one of those little adventures that will be memorable even though it cost nothing and no one else was there. If we ever make it to the Four Corners, that will be even more exciting, but for now, having been in three states at once is good enough.