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New Mexico's "No Man's Land"

March 18 2005 at 8:09 PM
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After the 2002 convention, three of us (Bob Packard, Roy Wallen and me) headed into Texas to get a couple county HPs, including one in Hartley County that sits a few hundred feet inside Texas along its border with New Mexico. We encountered a man who lives just inside NM who gave us some background of the border dispute that would seem to agree perfectly with that tiny NM strip along its Oklahoma Border. He told us the land was in dispute for a long time - both states' surveyors ahd not surveyed this strip of land which measures less than half-mile width and runs pretty much along the entire N-S border. He called the land No Man's Land; the land went to Texas. He gave no dates and we found it very interesting, and thanked him for his impromptu history lesson.

It does not surprise me there are still border disputes between states. It was only a few years ago that a 20-mile stretch of VA/WV border was formally surveyed to an exact location. Previously it had been defined as the spine of a ridge but the ridge itself was often very broad and wide and ill defined.

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