Kermit, Texas: Armpit of Texas

A plaque on the ground just off of a paved road marks the state corner boundary between Texas and New Mexico. The plaque is all-business and doesn't use any colorful nicknames. This is Big Sky Southwest scrubby rangeland. Some find it entrancing.

Address:
FM 1218, Kermit, TX
Directions:
From Kermit, Texas -- the nearest town -- drive north on TX-18/N. Pine St. for four miles. Turn right onto TX-874. Drive 4.5 miles. Turn left onto TX-1218. Drive north four miles. You'll pass a sign for the Kermit Mine on the right. Drive another three-quarters of a mile. Just after you pass a TX-1218 sign on the right, you'll see a barely visible dirt track cutting east and west from the paved road. Pull off on the shoulder and park. You'll see a tiny, square sign on a pole on the west side of the road. The boundary plate is at its base.
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Armpit of Texas.

Southeastern Corner of the State of New Mexico

Located approximately ten miles north of Kermit, Texas, there is a marker designating the geographic southeastern corner of the State of New Mexico. Also, on my phone, Google Maps referred to the location as the "Armpit of Texas." The marker is on the surface of the ground. There is no signage present giving directions to the site. There was one sign on a pole that is completed faded and unreadable.

[Stuart L. Schroeder, 04/07/2022]

The plate-in-the-ground was placed there by surveyors on March 14, 2015, replacing an earlier plate-in-the-ground that had vanished years earlier. We don't recommend placing your armpit on the plate; it gets very hot. Also, something might bite you.


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