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Only in OK Show


Mar 29, 2021

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On today's episode of the Only in OK Show, we discuss the Tri-State Plaque in Quapaw, Oklahoma.
 
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 water." 
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 with a 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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