Anoka County history: Four corners – the county has three

Most everyone has heard of Four Corners where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah all come together.

I have not been there, but I understand it is an important tourist and commercial site.

Here in Minnesota, we have a site that, for some reason, has been overlooked.

North America has several continental divides. Here in Minnesota we have the Great Divide. It is the only one in North America.

It is between Grand Rapids and Hibbing. It is called the Great Divide because water goes three ways.

Water flows out to the Great Lakes by way of the St. Louis River, then the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean.

Water also flows through the Rainy River and eventually to Hudson Bay, and water also flows south through the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

We have in Anoka County three four corners.

The one I want to write about is very interesting.

It is in Bunker Hills Regional Park, one of the most popular parks in the metro area.

Bunker Hills Regional Park has many points of interest.

Golf, Bunker Beach, trails for hiking and biking, and so much more.

Many of us have biked and skied there through the years.

The idea I have for an additional point of historic interest or destination is to establish a new trail to our other Four Corners where Andover, Coon Rapids, Ham Lake and Blaine all meet at one point.

I presented the idea to John VonDeLinde, our head man of our county parks, and he thought it sounded interesting and possible.

The trail to the Four Corners would not cost that much. Maybe the four cities would participate along with the county.

When it is done we could have the four mayors and the Anoka County Board, all the TV stations, the press and of course the Anoka County Historical Society and anyone else who wanted to attend.

Is this historical? You bet it is. This point on the map was created in 1877 when Blaine Township organized and shared the corner with Ham Lake, Grow (now Andover), and Anoka Township (now Coon Rapids).

Thanks, and I hope to see you there next summer.

Editor’s note: Tom Ward is a member of the Anoka County Historical Society board of directors.

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