Monument 116A - Okanogan County, WA
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N 49° 00.005 W 119° 27.834
11U E 319792 N 5430389
Quick Description: Monument 116A is the westernmost of four to be found at the Osoyoos Canada - U.S. border crossing.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 7/6/2020 10:56:42 AM
Waymark Code: WM12R8B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ripraff
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Long Description:
Originally there were two border monuments at this border crossing, Monuments 116A & 116B. They were a special type of monument (see description below), installed in pairs between 1928 and 1937 on each side of major border crossings.

With expansion of border crossing facilities several years ago the roads were realigned, necessitating that Monuments 116A & 116B be moved and placed on new bases in 2008. Meanwhile, Monuments 116C & 116D were added at a new roadway to the east in 2005.

This type of monument is an ornamental concrete obelisk set in a plain concrete base. The surface of the obelisk or shaft is finished in light-colored granular quartz aggregate, washed free of cement so that the color and texture of the coarse granular aggregate shows clean. The shaft is 6 feet 6 inches in length and projects 5 to 5½ feet above the base. The inscriptions on the shaft of the monument are cast in black aggregate flush with the surface. They read vertically upward and are as follows: On the side facing the highway "INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY", on the side away from the highway "TREATY OF 1925", on the north side "CANADA", on the south side "UNITED STATES."
From the International Boundary Commission Report - 1937, Pages 120-23

Name		Province 		NTS map sheet	Municipal
Monument 116A	British Columbia	82E.003.2.1	 --
Marker Type

The International Boundary Line between the United States of America and the Dominion of Canada was adopted under article II of the Convention of London of 1818, under article II of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842, and under article I of the treaty of 1846, and was modified by articles I and II of the treaty of 1925. The boundary begins at the eastern shore of Georgia Strait and follows the original astronomic determination of the parallel of 49° of north latitude to a point in Lake of the Woods. The International Boundary from the Gulf of Georgia (Georgia Strait) to the Northwesternmost Point of Lake of the Woods is marked by 959 monuments set on the boundary line. The part of the line which follows the astronomic determination of the forty-ninth parallel is commonly called the 49th parallel land boundary. It is 1270.2 miles in length.

The boundary was originally surveyed and marked between 1857 and 1861. In lesser populated areas it was sparsely monumented, so by 1898 questions as to the adequacy of the then present markings of this boundary began to arise. A complete remapping and monumenting of the boundary lying west of the Rocky Mountains took place from 1903 to 1907. From the Pacific Ocean to the summit of the Rocky Mountains there are 272 monuments.

East of the summit of the Rocky Mountains remapping and monumenting took place between 1908 and 1914. The monuments from the summit to Lake of the Woods total 641. Finally, the treaty of 1908 was adopted, providing for the more complete definition and demarcation of the International Boundary between the United States and Canada from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

West of the summit of the Rocky Mountains the boundary line is marked by aluminum-bronze monuments, set in concrete bases, the distance between monuments not exceeding 3 miles, save in very exceptional cases where 4 miles should not be exceeded. The same protocol applies east of the summit of the Rocky Mountains to the North Fork of the Milk River. From there east to Lake of the Woods one-piece hollow cast-iron monuments, filled with concrete, identical in form with those set in 1872-1875, mark the boundary at distances apart not exceeding 2 miles except in a few exceptional cases, where 2¼ miles should not be exceeded.
Paraphrased from the International Boundary Commission Report - 1937
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Monumentation Type: Concrete post

Monument Category: National boundary marker

Accessible to general public: yes

Historical significance:
While most border monuments were placed in the 1904-1908 era, these roadway monuments were placed a couple of decades later, between 1928 and 1937.

Monument Website: [Web Link]

County: Osoyoos, BC - Okanogan, WA


Approximate date of monument: 1/1/1928

Monumentation Type (if other): Not listed

Monument Category (if other): Not listed

Explain Non-Public access: Not listed

NGS PID: Not listed

Other Coordinates: Not Listed

Other Coordinates details: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
1. A closeup photo of the monument is required.
2. A 'distant' photo including the monument in the view is highly recommended. Include the compass direction you faced when you took the picture.
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