Mar 29, 2021
Are we there yet?
According to a plaque at the three-state spot, it took an
800-member expedition to map it. They spent nearly six months in
1857 walking only 40 miles from the southwest Missouri border,
"hampered by rough terrain, heavy timber, and high
A massive stone cairn was built at the spot in 1938 by the
National Youth Administration, but a weathered plaque on the cairn
notes that it doesn't mark the actual spot, which is 50 feet east.
This was rectified in Oct. 2004, when the Missouri Association of
County Surveyors embedded a stand-here plaque in the ground on the
actual three-state spot, which, conveniently, is at the end of a
dead-end road. Stand on three states, with easy parking, too.
Quapaw is a town in Ottawa County, Oklahoma
population of 906. Quapaw is part of the Joplin, Missouri
metropolitan area. Discovery of lead and zinc ores
during the 1920s resulted in this area being part of the Tri-State
mining district, and resulted in a population boom as thousands of
miners moved into the larger area.
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