Surveyors Say Exact Spot of Arkansas-Missouri State Line Hazy

APRIL 19, 2005 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Survey crews are combing remote areas along the Arkansas-Missouri state line in an effort to mark the actual boundary between the states.  In some areas, it's not clear where the line is.

Officials say the border became lost because no survey work has been done since both states appointed Basil Gordon to survey and mark the line more than 150 years ago.  He marked the line wooden posts.

In recent years private landowners and county surveyors have demanded that a near-exact border be marked and asked the Arkansas and Missouri land survey departments to take up the task.  And the Missouri Highway Department requested the Benton County state line be identified when Highway 71 was expanded.

Surveyors are using satellite technology in the mapping effort, but they are also surveying the old-fashioned way, by hiking through the woods looking for the original markers.

They've found that the old line isn't straight.  But setting a straight border would require changes to the state's constitutions.

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