Ascent to Tri-Boundary Monument 519 on 2010-11-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Thursday, November 11, 2010
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Place:Tri-Boundary Monument 519
    Elevation:1115 ft / 339 m

Ascent Trip Report

We found our way to the northeast corner of Vermont at Beecher Falls, hwy #253, the State's furthest east USA/Canada border crossing, Vermont's Ethan Allen Furniture Plant is at the border besides the Halls Stream, which dumps into Connecticut River a short distance to the south. From #253 we drove to the north side of the plant all the way to the back (east) near Hall Stream. It is a short 100 yards walk (northeast) to Tri-Boundary Monument 519, in a low area 200 feet from the River. The 4 foot tall cast iron Monument has the lettering "Treaty of Washington, Boundary Aug 9th 1842", my GPS read 45.01345, 71.50221.
This is the furthest-east Monument on the 90 mile long VT/QC Boundary Line and therefore Tri-Boundary Monument of VT/QC/NH. The actual Tri-point is located in the middle (40 foot wide on this line) of Halls Stream, my GPS at the west side of the River read 45.01345, 71.50114. Tri-Pointers would have to wade to mid-stream.

The USA/Canada Border, officially known as the International Boundary, is the longest border in the world. The terrestrial boundary (including small portions of maritime boundaries on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts, as well as the Great Lakes) is 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi) long, including 2,475 kilometres (1,538 mi) shared with Alaska. It is Canada's only land border, and Canada is by far the largest nation having a land border with only one country. It is also the world's longest un-militarized border.

The permanent caretaker of the Border is the International Boundary Commission, founded in 1908 and made permanent in 1925. Managed equally by the 2 countries it is responsible for the maintenance of over 8000 monuments and reference points, 1000 survey control sites and 6M (20 foot) wide clear vista (a swath in the woods) along the land Boundary Line.
It is interesting to note that today Canada looks after the Monuments east of the Great Lakes and the new replacements are made from granite, whereas the USA looks after the Monuments west of the Great Lakes with the new replacements made from stainless steel.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route: walk to the side of halls stream
    Start Trailhead:beecher falls, ethan allen furniture plant  
Descent Statistics
    Route: walk to the side of halls stream
    End Trailhead:beecher falls, ethan allen furniture plant  

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