A photographic selection of locations divided by borderlines. Images compiled primarily from Google Maps.
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June 29, 2011
48th Street NW and Western Ave NW Looking north from the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington, District of Columbia, across Western Avenue into Bethesda, Maryland. The brick house on the corner is in D.C. while the white house is in Maryland.
Western Avenue obviously gets its name from its place on the borderline between Maryland and the District of Columbia. On the west side of the street, citizens enjoy an elected congressman in the House of Representatives, two senators in the U.S. Senate, a governor and a state General Assembly along with local city and county representatives.
Those living on the east side of the street in D.C. have a non-voting member of the House and a city council representative.
Ferry Avenue & Immigration Street Looking northwest from Eastport, Idaho, U.S., toward Kingsgate, British Columbia, Canada.
The maroon truck on the right is seen crossing the International Boundary into Canada at the border station, obscured by the white building. The utility pole just to the right of the truck is in British Columbia.
The brown building is the Eastport Post Office, which shares space with United Parcel Service. The gray building further north is the Idaho Hotel.
The borderline between Idaho and British Columbia is 45 miles long. It makes up the shortest land section of the border between the two nations.
U.S. Highway 93 Looking northwest on U.S. 93 from outside Jackpot, Nevada, toward Idavada, Idaho, roughly 50 miles south of Twin Falls. The borderline falls where the pavement changes color. (The blue sign in the distance reads “Welcome to Idaho”.)
Though Nevada is officially on Pacific Time, Jackpot informally observes Mountain Time, due to its close proximity to Idaho.
U.S. 93 is also known here as the Great Basin Highway.
Mt. Orne Bridge Looking southeast from near Lunenburg, Vermont, across the Connecticut River through the Mt. Orne Bridge into an area near Lancaster, New Hampshire. The borderline between the two states is the low water line on the west bank of the river. The Mt. Orne Bridge is mostly in New Hampshire with just a bit touching Vermont.
According to New Hampshire’s official website, The bridge is 266’3” long with an overall width of 20’6” with a roadway width of 14’5”. It has a maximum vertical clearance of 13’3”. It is posted for six tons.
Two accidents have closed the bridge. In 1969, a truck loaded with salt fell through the bridge and hit the frozen river below (the driver was unharmed.) And in June 2010, an oversized truck (on its way back to California) caused extensive damage to the bridge’s framing. It has been closed ever since.
Michiana Road Looking west down Michiana Road with Michiana Shores, Indiana, on the left and Michiana, Michigan on the right. Chicago, Illinois is roughly 40 miles due west across Lake Michigan from this point.
The borderline between Indiana and Michigan runs 105 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan east toward Ohio before suddenly turning at a right angle and dropping down for five miles. Indiana’s and Ohio’s northern boundaries just miss each other by such a short distance, thanks to a compromise that gives Indiana some lakefront property and gives Toledo to Ohio instead of Michigan. (More about the Michigan/Ohio borderline here.)
Michiana Shores is one of the few counties that observes Central Time while the entirety of Michigan is on Eastern Time. In theory, the house on the right should be an hour ahead, but it’s likely both sides of the street observes the time in Michigan City (CT).