Here is the text of an e-mail that I received earlier today from Jerry L. Wahl
(email@example.com), reporting on the theft of the Colorado-Oklahoma-Kansas tri-state marker
. The theft was previously reported by Theodore V. Harder (firstname.lastname@example.org), a Professional Licensed Surveyor (Kansas license number 1097) from Elkhart
Text of e-mail appears below:
The Colorado-Oklahoma-Kansas tri-state marker was reported stolen in late July, so if you get any further reports they may be from the thief.
Here is the text of one report:
Sometime in late July, unknown person/persons removed the 24" diameter brass monument from the 8 mile corner better known as: SW corner of Kansas/SE corner of Colorado/NW corner of Oklahoma. This monument was set in 1990 after an exhaustive team effort with the BLM, Forest Service, myself and several other surveyors, retracing Kidder's original survey. The state & county also constructed a special windmill/monument nearby to commemorate the site. The monument was keyed so that only someone with the appropriate tool could remove it. 2 orange cones were placed by the 3 foot deep hole which holds the original monument, I guess so traffic wouldn't fall in. The monument is 2 ft. diameter, cast, with "common monument for the states of" "Colorado 1876/Kansas 1861, and Oklahoma 1907 "reestablished in 1990" etched on top. I have been working the Joe Hartman, District Ranger and Loren Youngers, Morton County Sheriff, trying to find the culprit who stole this monument which has to be replaced.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of this historical monument, please contact the Morton County
, Kansas Sheriff's office at (620) 697-4313 or the USDA Forest Service
District Ranger (Joe Hartman) at (620) 697-4621 or you may also contact me here in Elkhart - (620) 697-2696. I can't imagine anyone removing this monument, except perhaps a collector, as it only has meaning to those of us who understand its importance. Thanks for your assistance - Ted Harder
- Jerry L. Wahl
P.S. According to the website for Morton County, the Sheriff's Department reports that several businesses and a private residence were burglarized in the county recently. It is surprising to me that urban-style crime can even hit a sparsely-populated rural county in the middle of the Great Plains, where I presume that people routinely don't lock their doors and don't expect to be victims of criminal activity that is common in urban areas.