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Old 01-13-2012, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Calling all Southern Colorado data aficionados!

I am trying to verify whether my tiny town of Branson holds the distinction of being the southernmost incorporated town in Colorado. Wikipedia and some other unofficial sites say so, but I'm looking for something considerably more bona fide and trustworthy.

A State Reference Librarian just helped me search state sites, census and other sources, to no avail. I poked around the C-D site a bit, but haven't yet hit paydirt. Any ideas?

If anybody can help with this, I am certain the data geeks and freaks at C-D can. (And I mean that in the most affectionate and respectful terms, of course.)
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Seems clear to me just eyeballing along the border all the way across that it is. Nothing's even close so not sure you need anything all that precise.

http://itouchmap.com/?p=branson%2C+c...t=+Go+&t=l&r=b

I'll go even further and say that Branson is the closest incorporated town to the CO NM border in either state. Anyone care to challenge that claim?

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Thanks, CAVA, for chiming in and throwing down the gauntlet. Be interesting to see who/what shows up.

It's 2 miles from "downtown" to the NM border, although I saw one site (can't remember it now) that said we were 3/10 of a mile from the border. If the original mapmaker had jerked his hand just a bit, perhaps Branson would qualify as a land of enchantment.

Oh. Wait...
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Thanks, CAVA, for chiming in and throwing down the gauntlet. Be interesting to see who/what shows up.

It's 2 miles from "downtown" to the NM border, although I saw one site (can't remember it now) that said we were 3/10 of a mile from the border. If the original mapmaker had jerked his hand just a bit, perhaps Branson would qualify as a land of enchantment.

Oh. Wait...
I did notice something curious on that map I linked to. I was always under the assumption that the border betwee NM and CO was a straight line all the way across. However, according to the map it looks like there are a couple spots further West from you where it curves and then straightens out.

I posted the question on the NM forum to see if my hypothesis is correct.

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Old 01-13-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: CO
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I did notice something curious on that map I linked to. I was always under the assumption that the border betwee NM and CO was a straight line all the way across. However, according to the map it looks like there are a couple spots further West from you where it curves and then straightens out.
You mean to say we're not really just one of those big rectangles on the left hand side of the map?
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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Based on the NM Mod's response to my query, looks like Branson is the closest on either side.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Excellent sleuthing, CAVA! I took a look at the NM thread. When you cited that Branson is 3.2 miles from the border, were you speaking of ground miles or air miles?
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Excellent sleuthing, CAVA! I took a look at the NM thread. When you cited that Branson is 3.2 miles from the border, were you speaking of ground miles or air miles?
Well the border is 37 degrees latitude and Branson is at 37.0175 so by my calculations you're just a tad over a mile as the crow flies from the border. That's really the measurement you want to use anyway, not road miles. I'm guessing the 3.2 (but now I don't remember where I got that) are road miles.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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You could measure it in meters with a UTM datum. In Google earth you can change your settings to UTM.

If you really need to know what it it according to the State of Colorado I could fire up my GIS, find a cities shapefile, I have all the other Colorado basemap shapefiles (state border, plss, etc), and measure it for you. I can snap to the state border, but to what part of Branson are you measuring to? Is there a specific center or edge of Branson you are thinking of?
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Thanks, eofelis, I appreciate that offer. There's nothing legal or overly precise at stake here. My interest is in whether we can claim that distinction in any marketing/advertising we do to spread the word about the town, special events, etc. Gives us something to crow about, you know?

I am enough of a perfectionist, however, that I'd like to be able to back up our claim should anyone ask. One could say that the center of town is the location of the Town Hall on Main Street. I'm not an Earth-Googler, so I can't say much more about that.

I appreciate your interest and would love to receive any data you can offer.
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