You’ve probably heard the saying, “You can’t be in two places at once.” And maybe that’s true, but you can absolutely be in three!
It’s not that this location is a major secret. You’re probably familiar with it from those grade school maps you had to fill in once upon a time. Think back and you’ll remember Indiana converges with the corner of Ohio and they both sit right below Michigan to form a kind of weird ‘T.’ That place isn’t just a theoretical space in the minds of cartographers. It actually exists. You have the ability to go there and stand in three states at once! Technically speaking the location is in plain sight. But it is down a dusty country road in the middle of nowhere. So it can be easy to miss if you don’t know what to look for. There’s a rock on the east side of the road with an inscription,denoting the convergence of states takes place 130 feet to the south. The reason being is that they converge in the middle of the road.
On the day I went with my son we found the rock easily. Then spent the next ten minutes searching for what we’d been misinformed was “a pile of rocks to go stand on.” There is no pile of rocks—so don’t look for them. Fortunately, a mail carrier happened by. We told him what we were trying to find and he nodded. “I think it’s under my car right now,” he said. Then pulled his vehicle back a few feet. “Kick the rocks off there,” he pointed to the road beneath my feet. I skeptically gave a half-hearted kick. Not knowing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. “Not there,” he laughed then pointed, “there.” I didn’t see anything but followed his instructions. Soon a metal plate with the letter ‘M’ embedded in the road emerged. (It’s actually right before the gravel road becomes paved almost dead center.) He nodded. “There you have it. I was here a while back when a family had their three daughters stand one in each state and took a picture. Kind of matter over mind,” he laughed. Once he left my son and I uncovered the rest of the ‘M’ and poked around hoping for an ‘I’ and ‘O’ to go with it. But soon realized there was only an ‘M” and so made our own states intersection with dandelions.
There is a small place to pull your car off the road, but be careful and keep an eye and ear out for traffic coming over the hill from the north. They often zoom along at a good clip, forgetting the geological wonder they’re about to drive over.
To get there from Angola take CR 200 N east to Old State RD 1 turn left and follow it to E CR 300 N follow the road east until it T’s then turn left on 1000 E/CR 1 aka the gravel road with the monument. From the toll road take exit 1 in Ohio. Drive north on Hwy 49, then turn left at the stop sign onto US Hwy 20. Drive one mile. Turn right onto County Rd 1.50. Drive four miles. Turn left onto County Rd S. Drive a half-mile. Turn right onto N. 1000 E/County Rd 1 (monument will be on the right).
Erika Celeste is an award-winning journalist who has worked in radio, print, television, and marketing. She owns and operates New Moon Media Group where she’s written several documentaries and books.