Stand In Two States At The Same Time ~ Here Are Places You Can Do That

Left Foot In Nevada, Right Foot In Arizona!

Yes, these actually are my feet... my left foot is in Nevada and my right one is in Arizona. Just don't ask me to decide which I like best, I can't decide! They are both beautiful states!
Yes, these actually are my feet... my left foot is in Nevada and my right one is in Arizona. Just don't ask me to decide which I like best, I can't decide! They are both beautiful states! | Source

This Country Has Several Spots Where You Can Stand In Two States At The Same Time!

All across the vast countryside of the United States, you will find all kinds of neat places for photo opportunities. If you're traveling in the summer, and the worlds largest ball of twine just isn't your thing - (which is in Cawker, Kansas by the way), maybe this will be for you! How about places throughout the United States where you can have your picture taken while you are standing with one foot in one state, and the other foot in another state? There, now that's more like it!

One place you CAN do that is right here in Nevada. It is at the famous Hoover Dam. You can find the exact spot when you are crossing the still somewhat new Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman bridge that opened in 2010. This large concrete arch bridge allows travelers to go back and forth between Nevada and Arizona, and at one point on the bridge, you can stand at the state line marker with one foot in Nevada and one in Arizona. I know this, because I did it! Normally, when we have tourists visiting us here in Las Vegas, we take them to this spot for their photo opportunity as well.

Two Towns Divided By A Blue Dotted Line...

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It might look funny, but it works!
It might look funny, but it works! | Source
Partick's Pub & Grill, where you can practically be in two places at once!
Partick's Pub & Grill, where you can practically be in two places at once! | Source

Copperhill, Tennessee And McCaysville, Georgia... A Town... or Two Towns, Divided By A Blue Line

Yes, there really is a town that is divided by a blue dotted line that goes right through the middle of it. And it is found in the southeastern United States! This interesting town is McCaysville, Georgia... or is it Copperhill, Tennessee?

Here in this fascinating spot, a part of the town, on one side of the IGA grocery store parking lot, becomes Copperhill, Tennessee. There are also several other good spots where people can get their picture taken with one foot in Tennessee and the other foot in Georgia. But this town doesn't stop there. They do it up one better.

There is a bridge in this town where the river on one side is called the Toccoa River. The same river becomes the Ocoee River on the other side of the bridge. This historic old iron bridge was built back in 1911. I have a feeling that, back then, no one really thought much about what state the bridge was located in, or what side of the river was in which state. I have a feeling that there were more pressing issues of the day that the townsfolk were more interested in.

Another fascinating spot in town is a bar and restaurant called Patrick's Pub & Grill. The blue line marking the Tennessee-Georgia state line goes right through the bar building. You can have a drink at the front of the bar, where you are still in Tennessee.

Just don't dare take a drink anywhere near the kitchen or near the restrooms, at the back of the bar and restaurant, or you can potentially get in trouble. This half of the building is located in Georgia, and it is also in a dry county, in a place called Fannin County.

This town was - or is it these towns were - at one time more interested in mining. Today the main revenue for the area comes in the form of tourism.

Walking Down The Street in McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee

Try To Stand In Four States At Once? Not Unless You Have Four Legs!

Close up of the four corners monument marker.
Close up of the four corners monument marker. | Source
A nice monument, featuring an even nicer sentiment.
A nice monument, featuring an even nicer sentiment. | Source

Four Corners Monument ~ Where Four States Meet

For the really adventurous, dextrous and nimble people among us, or for dorks like me, how about trying to stand in four states at once? It IS possible! Just go to the Four Corners Monument on the Navajo Indian Reservation and see the monument marker that notes where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah all meet.

Have fun seeing all those silly kids trying to pose for pictures with their feet in two states, while their hands are in the other two states - at the same time... oh wait, that could have been me too... never mind.

The visitor's center at the Navajo Indian Reservation offers a fun side trip. You can watch Navajo artisans as they skillfully create unique items, try traditional Navajo food or look at the jewelry and items created by craftsmen and women that are available for sale there.

Near the four corners monument are also several other interesting attractions like the Canyonlands National Park, the Arches National Park, Monument Valley and Mesa Verde.

Federal Building On State Line Avenue In Texarkana, Texas And Arkansas

The state building, which houses a Post Office and a courthouse, divided by the Texas-Arkansas State line. Many visitors come here to have their picture taken while standing with one foot in Texas and the other in Arkansas.
The state building, which houses a Post Office and a courthouse, divided by the Texas-Arkansas State line. Many visitors come here to have their picture taken while standing with one foot in Texas and the other in Arkansas. | Source

Museums To Visit Near Texarkana

  • The Tex-Arkansas Antique Auto Museum
  • Discovery Place Children's Museum, an interactive experience tailored just for kids
  • Museum Of Regional History (In the oldest building in Texarkana)
  • Draughon/Moore Ace Of Clubs House, a house historically built with winnings from a poker game, hence it's unique name - it is now an interesting museum

The Town Of Texarkana

The interesting town of Texarkana has a name derived from combining the names of three states, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The main street in the town is State Line Avenue. On this street is a combined Federal Building and the State Line Post Office. Many visitors come annually to the State Line Post Office to have their picture taken with one foot in Texas and one in Arkansas.

The post office is the only post office in the country that is actually situated in two different states. And in an interesting side fact, the courthouse is the most photographed court house in the country, after the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

The Texas side of Texarkana became a town in 1873, when the Cairo and Fulton Railroad finished laying railroad tracks there. That same year, a group met and established the town of Texarkana, Texas. The Arkansas side of Texarkana became a town almost 17 years later, in 1890. Both cities prospered, until the Great Depression hit the entire country.

Prosperous times came back to the area once World War II started. The town's economy got a huge boost from the railroad lines, but also from agriculture, growing crops and timber.

In the 1920s a new theater opened called the Perot Theater. Famous performers like Annie Oakley and Will Rogers performed there. Having performers come to the town was pretty common. They would come, set up temporary tents for housing for a night or two, do their performance, then leave again. Similar to the way some musical acts still do today, only they use Prevost buses and hotels instead of tents.

Visitors to Texarkana love the opportunity they find here to have their photo taken, with one foot in Texas and one in Arkansas. There are also several nice museums that provide entertainment, and of course, the only post office in the United States that is really in two states. You don't find that every day!

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moonlake 3 years ago from America

My parents lived on Townline Rd. in Arkansas. You could put one foot in Mo and one in Ark. Some family lives in Siloam Springs, Ark. You can put one foot in Ok and one in Ark. Enjoyed your hub voted up.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

That is so neat, Moonlake! I thought there had to be more places where you can do this besides the one's I found for this! Thanks so much for your great comment! I appreciate that! :-)


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torrilynn 3 years ago

@KathyH thanks for sharing the places you can stand where you are literally standing in two states at once. Voted up and definitely sharing !


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ThelmaC 3 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Kathy I was blown away by your article about Copperhill/McCaysville. You see I live about 5 miles from the IGA store (on the Georgia side). I went through that intersection about an hour ago and then when I got home I was looking around on HubPages and was amazed to see your article. A few more little tidbits for you:

The Catholic Church on the hill above the IGA (red brick building in your video) is half in Tennessee and half in Georgia. The confessional is on the Tennessee side of the church so it is considered to be a Tennessee church by the Catholic Diocese.

One of my dearest friends lives above the IGA and the state line runs through his living room. He is considered to be a Tennessee resident and is a former mayor of Copperhill.

The two towns are completely separate and have their own mayors, town councils, etc.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This was an entertaining hub. I imagine there are more areas where this occurs, but it is something I had not thought about before, Enjoyed the hub very much.


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Bob Bamberg 3 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Interesting and fun hub, Kathy...an enjoyable read. I live in a border city between MA and RI and can stand on a bridge over some railroad tracks with one foot in MA and the other in RI. Pretty drab compared to the interesting and historic info in your hub. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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jabelufiroz 3 years ago from India

Really interesting topic. Voted up.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Loved this! The farm I grew up on was down in SE Oklahoma, way back in the boonies down a dirt road. One edge of our property bordered Arkansas, and the state line was our property line. We had a cattleguard there to keep our animals on our property, and to keep them out of the state of Arkansas. I don't know if it still the same, but at that time, if a cow was hit in Oklahoma by a car, the driver paid for the animal. In Arkansas, the cow's owner paid for the car. So we didn't want any roving livestock. Anyhow, we had to step over the state line everyday to check our mail, and we took tons of photos of us standing on the line. After awhile the novelty wore off, but we always loved going to Texarkana and standing on some different state lines. Loved this hub and it has definitely brought up some great memories!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Really interesting! It would be fun to visit all these spots. Thanks for taking us there in your article. Voted Up and Useful!


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thank you so much, Torrilynn! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this! Thanks for sharing, too, I appreciate that! :)


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Oh my gosh, Thelma, that is awesome! I am so glad you found this and thank you for adding to it, you've added some fascinating information! :) Thanks so much for your great comment! I cannot imagine a state line going through my living room! How cool is that? :) Thanks again, I really appreciate your addition to this! :)


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks for visiting, Pamela99! I hadn't thought much about this either, until I was looking through pictures and found this silly one of me with my feet in two states, and the other pictures we've taken of family and friends doing the same thing! :) Thanks again!


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

That's not drab at all, Bob! Thanks for sharing another place where people can do this! :) I appreciate your comment! :)


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thank you for reading and commenting and for the great vote, jabelufiroz. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this!


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks so much for sharing your neat memories, sharkye11! It sounds like that was a VERY nice place to grow up! I'm so glad this brought back some good memories for you. Thanks again for sharing!


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

You're welcome, MsDora! So glad you enjoyed this! :) Thank you for reading and for your great comment, I appreciate that!


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e-five 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

State Line Road separates Chicago, Illinois from Hammond, Indiana.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thank you so much for adding that one too, e-five, I appreciate that! :)


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BobMonger 3 years ago from Carlin, Nevada USA

Another great hub, Kathy! Here's one: The Utah, Nevada state line runs through the lobby of the Montego Bay Casino in Wendover, Nevada. Way back, when Montego was still the State Line, if you called one of the rooms in the hotel from the lobby it was long distance because the lobby was in Utah but the rooms were in Nevada. I understand they've fixed that now.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

That is a GREAT story, Bob! Very cool! :)

Thanks so much for sharing that! I cannot even imagine calling someone in the hotel and it's a long distance call!! We have come a long way (I guess!) LOL!!


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Not only was this an informative read, but one that was most enjoyable for those of us who like traveling to interesting places. Years ago I was on a cross country road trip when I happened upon the Four Corners Monument. Back in the "Dark Ages" we let the Automobile Association of America chart our courses through the famous "trip tickets." AAA would include their booklets on places of interest and it was usually a surprise to stumble upon something new.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

I hear you, pages voice! I know what you mean about triple AAA! It seems like I remember a few childhood trips planned around their advice, too! Thanks so much for reading and commenting, I appreciate that! :-)

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