Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

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This International Boundary Monument sits on top of Iceberg Point on Lopez Island, WA and marks the 7th turning point of the US – Canada border along the 49th parallel.  As part of my plan to see as much of this beautiful island as possible in  a four-day vacation we spent a wonderful afternoon hiking through forest, salmon berry tunnels and shoulder-high grasslands before finally reaching these cliffs at the southernmost tip of Lopez.  This 6 foot tall concrete monument has been in place since the 1908 treaty between US and Canada and the bronze plaque below was added in 1927.

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  1. Speaking of relics, while you’re on Lopez…if you see any live music ads for a gent named Teddy Deane, he would be a lot of fun to spend a couple sets with.

      1. He is a world-class musician. I’ve had the pleasure and honor of playing with him many times. We were bandmates in the late 70s-early 80s. He plays all manner of reeds, piano, and a gracious flute. He also writes musicals. He and Alice have lived on Lopez for many years.

      2. I’m making a note right now and will look for him when we go back, thanks for the information, Jim. Lopez is a beautiful island and from our short stay I can tell it attracts some really wonderful people.

    1. I agree! I didn’t read much about this hike before our trip and the beautiful cliffs and monument was really one of those fun surprises that come along every once in awhile.

  2. Looks like a great island to explore. I just looked at the map and Lopez is quite a large island, it looks about twice the size of Pender. Hope you had a great trip.

    1. Thanks, Jann! I was happy to have a great reason to use these photos and it’s great to hear you like them. A thrill is a good way to describe how fun it is to discover boundary markers. They really feel like a connection to our history.

  3. Wonderful shot – looks like man-made concrete and nature are together as one side by side. But I must say the relic stands out a wee bit, it’s so much closer to the camera, after all. It didn’t look like a windy day there? I like visiting seas but am not huge fan of gusty seawinds.

  4. Perfect for the challenge and glorious weather ! Are there more than 7 Turning points? I have never heard that term before.

    1. The weather was wonderful, Kathryn. Some of the best days I’ve ever seen in this area! I didn’t know about turning points either but these 7 mark the points where the border shifts off of a straight line. I’m sure there are more across the country lines – maybe a mapping fan can help us with more information!

  5. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful picture from your hike Lisa. It has brightened my day and is a good visual rest from the 70’s colors of my cubicle. Patrick

  6. I was really intrigued by this post because I had never heard of these turning points before. A quick search identified that the Canadian/US Boundary over water is 3830 kilometres / 2380 miles and identified by a series of straight lines which intersect at unmarked turning points. There are 5723 Turning Points and 2457 Reference Monuments.

    I puzzled over what that meant and decided that just over 40% of the turning points are marked with reference monuments. I’m guessing they are numbered from west to east.

    In comparison, the boundary on Land is 5061 kilometres / 3145 miles, of which 2172 kilometres through forest requires clearing of a 6 metre ‘border’ on a regular basis. There are 5528 boundary monuments to mark the border on land.

    The plaque on the monument at Iceberg Point suggests it is a triangulation station since it provides surveying coordinates and it located on the top of a prominent hill.

    Thanks for the interesting photos!! I learned something new today … although with all those numbers, it’s unlikely I”m going to remember it all 🙂

    1. Wow, thanks for sharing your research, Joanne! Yes, the Iceberg Point marker is a triangulation station and the actual turning point is about 1500 feet away over the water. It would be fun to search the San Juan Islands for the remaining 6 turning points… maybe our next trip. 🙂

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