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Topsfield, Maine

Posted by graywacke on May 30, 2009

First timer? In this (hopefully) once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan – Well, I’ve landed in a state that has been US for as long as I can remember . . . ME: 17/20; 6/10; 13; 159.6.

Maine has been US well before landing 655, when I started keeping hard-copy data sheets that show the individual Scores for each state (I used to print out a copy every 5 landings; now it’s every 10 landings). Anyway, back on landing 655, Maine’s Score was -7, which is solidly USer.   But it’s now -2 (landing 1730), so it’s heading a little towards PS-land.

For reference, Texas is now obscenely US (-19), followed by FL (-8).   Crazily, back on landing 655, ID was the most OS state at -13.  This is contrary to the expected statistical trend, which would have the score of the most OS state steadily decreasing . . .

Anyway, here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to the Canadian border:

landing

And a broader view:

topsfield

Actually, the above map makes the U.S. look like an island (or, at least a peninsula)!!   Here’s a broader view of my landing map, which gives you a better feel for the relationship between my landing & Canada.  Note that my landing is N45 / W67:

landing2

I landed in the watershed of a new river, the St. Croix.  Now it just so happens that the St. Croix forms part of the international boundary between ME & Canada.   Here’s a picture of the river (too bad that guy on the kayak is blocking part of the view):

st_croix_1

Here’s a map of the St. Croix River watershed:

Stcroixrivermapmaine

The St. Croix defines the boundary south of the two large lakes.  North of the series of lakes is a stream called “Monument Brook.” You’ll note that north of Boundary Brook, the border becomes a straight line.  At the southern terminus of that line is – you guessed it – a monument.  Thus, Monument Brook.  Also, on the U.S. side of the border, there is a Monument Road that heads over towards the monument. On the Canadian side, there is not only a Monument Road, but a small town called Monument.

So, this monument is apparently a pretty big deal. I Googled and Googled, but couldn’t find much out about the monument per se (and certainly no picture).   But just for the heck of it, I went to Google Earth. Here’s what I found:

boundary marker

This is really very cool!!! Y ou’ll note the very straight N-S clearing in the upper middle part of the photo.  That’s the border.  At the southern end of that line is a faint white dot.  OK, so maybe I wouldn’t bet my life on it, but I certainly believe that that must be the monument itself!!  South of that point, the boundary is defined by Monument Brook, which is apparent on the photo.

Of course, Google Earth can show the border on the aerial photo, but unfortunately, it’s inaccurately offset to the east by a couple of hundred feet, so it makes the whole picture confusing (although by transposing the border to line up with the N-S clearing, it would place the end of the straight line segment right at the assumed monument location).

Anyway, I landed near Topsfield, about which I could find very little, except this photo of the Topsfield volunteer fire station:

tops

KS

Greg

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