So What If Four Corners Is a Little Off?

It’s not that the Four Corners marker is “about 2.5 miles west of where it should be,” as the Deseret News puts it, it’s that it’s about two and a half miles west of where it should have been. Important distinction. Surveyors were aiming for 37° N 100° W when they placed the first marker in 1868; and modern-day observers with GPS receivers can easily spot the discrepancy. Doesn’t mean the borders are going to be redrawn. There are plenty of surveying errors along the U.S.-Canada border that are now accepted as fact, for example.