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Ascent of IN-MI-OH Tri-Point on 2007-03-04

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, March 4, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:IN-MI-OH Tri-Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:1070 ft / 326 m

Ascent Trip Report

STEUBEN (IN)-HILLSDALE (MI)-WILLIAMS (OH) STATES/COUNTIES TRI-POINT


Sunday, 3/4/2007

Time Out / In: sometime around 5:00pm, 45 minutes duration
Temperature: high 20’s
Wind: Windy
Tools/Aids: None
Steps/Distance hiked: Negligible/Not tracked

My previous stop was at CR 700S, meaning I had at least 7 miles north to reach the zero line. I proceeded north along the state line road from my last tri-county point attempt. I crossed IN 427 (Indiana name)/Ohio 34 (Ohio name). I continued north until the road terminated at the Metz Road (Indiana name).

From that intersection, I turned left (west) for about ½ mile until I came to the next road north, CR 950 as I recall. This road crosses the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/I-90) before coming to a dead-end of its own. At the T-intersection, I turned right (east) for ¼ mile before this road turns north to become CR 975E. The process was then repeated as this road terminated at a T-intersection of its own. At this intersection, I turned right (east) once again) for ¼ mile before this road turns north to become CR 1000E. From being on this road before, I recognized CR 1000E as the state line road.

From this turn, I continued on for about 1 ½ miles. Thinking I had a bit farther to go, I was not particularly observant of my surroundings. Suddenly, I passed a large bolder on the right that had a plaque on it. At first, I just sailed right past this bolder. As I drove a bit farther, it suddenly occurred to me that a plaque in the middle of nowhere must mean something. I had some time to spare, so I turned my car around and returned to the bolder, now on my left (east).

Imagine my surprise as I read the bolder that told me, “130 feet south of this point is the intersection of the states of INDIANA, OHIO and MICHIGAN. I had driven farther north than I understood! I was here!

Knowing that my normal (non-exaggerated) stride is about 2.75 feet, I computed that it would take me about 47 steps to cover 130ft. So I got out of my car (this road is not well traveled, so I thought it would be okay), and I paced off 47 steps to the south. As I was completing the last few steps, I saw my real destination. A large cement marker was in the middle of the road, prominently etched with a large “M” on it. Saw cuts made a square that surrounded the “M”, evidence that it had been removed and replaced some time in the past. My understanding is that the actual benchmark lies under this patch in the road.

In addition to the “M” marker in the road, a Williams County road sign was immediately adjacent to this spot on the Indiana side of the road. Finally, the road was paved south of this marker, and it turned to a packed dirt road from this point north.

I moved my car out of the middle of the road, elated that I had found this most treasured of goals for today’s trip. This is the first time I can say I have been in 3 states in a matter of minutes merely by walking a circle having a (relatively large, actually) 100ft radius. I walked each of the 3 fields, not content to simply stay on the road.

After a few pictures and some notes, this tri-state point was behind me, and I drove set off on foot to ascend the nearby Williams County highpoints.

It is a neat treat to find the Williams County high grounds so close to the tri-state point. You might say the first hill was a mere stone’s throw away. (Well, a really strong throw, by a really strong person, anyway). So I set off on foot to the southeast to climb the first hill that lies northeast of the nearby house and barn.

When I reached this hill, I looked around. The highest ground in the broad area was clearly in Michigan to the (relatively) distant north. But I also spied 2 areas – one due south (southeast of the barn) and a second one due west near the house. Neither of these two sites has a contour on the map, but they appeared to be similar in elevation.

I hiked back to my car. When I reached the embankment from the field up to the road, I spied the concrete stone marker that was the original tri-state marker. It was in line with the “M” marker and the Williams county sign found on the opposite side of the road.

The marker’s top was indeed broken off, and some of the words could not be fully read as a result. On the north side of the marker was the word “MICHIGAN”. On the south side of the marker was the word “OHIO”. The west side contained the words “INDIANA” and xx.xx FEET (I couldn’t read the missing numbers). The east side was blank. Each of these words were printed vertically along the marker, so parts of some of the words were missing and on the piece of the stone that was broken.

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