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Fairmount, North Dakota: Stand on Three States at Once

A small red sandstone monument in a farm field marks the border between North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota -- or close to it without being in a river.

102nd St. SE, Fairmount, ND
I-29 exit 1. Turn east onto ND-1E/102nd St. SE. Drive a half-mile. Veer right onto SD-2/468th Ave. Drive one mile. Turn left onto SD-25/101st St. Drive 12 miles. Turn left onto 480th Ave. (a dirt road). Drive one mile. Turn right onto 102nd St. SE. Drive a half-mile to the Marker at end of the road.
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Tri-State Marker.

Tri-State Marker SD ND MN

Some of the South Dakota tri-state markers are on private land (or in the river), so this one is special. Be warned: The last road (102nd St SE) is just a two-track with tall grass in the middle, and it dead-ends at the marker. But I made the trek in a Chevy Cruze. It's a lovely stone marker showing where South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota meet. Chiseled into the four sides are: SD, ND, 1891, and "IN. MT. IN. PT. 9 C.E.," which means that the actual tri-state location is nine chains east of the marker.

[Cindy Bily, 06/29/2024]

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