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SECTION 3
Massachusetts boundary line
State (STL) CHAPTER 57, ARTICLE 2
§ 3. Massachusetts boundary line. The boundary line between the
states of New York and Massachusetts is as follows: Beginning at bound
one, a granite monument set in ledge on the side of a wooded mountain
peak six hundred and nine feet east of Ryan bush road, in latitude
forty-two degrees two minutes fifty-eight and four hundred and
twenty-seven thousandths seconds north of the equator, and longitude
seventy-three degrees twenty-nine minutes fifteen and nine hundred and
fifty-nine thousandths seconds west from Greenwich, and marking the
northwest corner of Connecticut, a corner of the commonwealth of
Massachusetts, and a corner of the state of New York; thence on an
azimuth of ninety degrees forty-three minutes forty-nine seconds
twenty-six hundred and twenty-four feet to bound three, a granite
monument set in ledge on the steep westerly slope of a wooded mountain,
in latitude forty-two degrees two minutes fifty-eight and seven hundred
and fifty-six thousandths seconds and longitude seventy-three degrees
twenty-nine minutes and fifty and seven hundred and thirty-seven
thousandths seconds, at the southwest corner of Massachusetts, also in
the eastern line of New York and marking a corner of the towns of Mount
Washington in Massachusetts, and Ancram and northeast in New York;
thence on an azimuth of one hundred and sixty-seven degrees eight
minutes fifteen seconds, thirteen thousand six hundred and forty-nine
feet to bound nine, a granite monument set in ledge on the westerly
wooded slope of Alandar mountain about a quarter of a mile west of its
summit, in latitude forty-two degrees five minutes ten and two hundred
and five thousandths seconds and longitude seventy-three degrees thirty
minutes thirty-one and thirty-one thousandths seconds, at the corner of
Mount Washington in Massachusetts and Copake in New York; thence on an
azimuth of one hundred and ninety-five degrees twelve minutes twenty-two
seconds, two hundred forty-nine thousand two hundred and forty-six feet,
by the towns of Mount Washington, Egremont, Alford, West Stockbridge,
Richmond, Hancock and Williamstown in Massachusetts, and Copake,
Hillsdale, Austerlitz, Canaan, New Lebanon, Stephentown, Berlin and
Petersburg in New York, to bound one hundred and twelve, a granite
monument set in ledge and earth on an open easterly slope about
seventy-five feet west of a private roadway, in latitude forty-two
degrees forty-four minutes forty-five and two hundred and one
thousandths seconds and longitude seventy three degrees fifteen minutes
fifty-four and nine hundred and four thousandths seconds, at the
northwest corner of Massachusetts, also in the east line of New York and
in the south line of Vermont, and marking a corner in the boundaries of
the towns of Williamstown in Massachusetts, Petersburg in New York, and
Pownal in Vermont. The term "azimuth," as used in this description, is
the angle which a line makes at its point of beginning with the true
meridian, reckoning from the south around by the west. In addition to
the monuments at the ends of the above mentioned straight lines other
monuments have been set at the points of intersection of the above
described straight lines with highways, railroads and boundary lines of
three towns in New York and seven towns in Massachusetts; also at mile
points, excepting the twenty-second and twenty-third miles, which are
unmarked. These additional marks are described as follows: Beginning at
the said northwest corner of Connecticut; thence westerly about six
hundred and nine feet to a monument on the west side of Ryan Bush road;
thence westerly about two thousand and fifteen feet to bound three, at
the southwest corner of Massachusetts previously described; thence
northwesterly about twenty-six hundred and fifty-six feet to a monument
marking the first mile point; thence northwesterly about forty-eight
hundred and fifty-five feet to a monument on the north side of the
Roberts road; thence northwesterly about three hundred and thirty feet
to a monument at the corner of Ancram, Copake and Mount Washington;
thence northwesterly about ninety-five feet to a monument marking the
second mile point; thence northwesterly about fifty-two hundred and
eighty feet to a monument marking the third mile point; thence
northwesterly about four hundred and thirty-three feet to bound nine, on
Alandar mountain previously described; thence northerly about
thirty-four hundred and eighty-six feet to a monument at the boundary
summit of the Bashbish mountain; thence northerly about thirteen hundred
and sixty-one feet to a monument marking the fourth mile point; thence
northerly about fifty-two hundred and eighty feet to a monument marking
the fifth mile point; thence northerly about twelve hundred and nineteen
feet to a monument on the north side of the Bashbish road; thence
northerly about twenty-five hundred and seventy-six feet to a monument
at the boundary summit of Cedar mountain; thence northerly about
fourteen hundred and eighty-five feet to a monument marking the sixth
mile point; thence northerly about twenty-eight hundred and forty-eight
feet to a monument at the boundary summit of Dugway hill; thence
northerly about nine hundred and eighty-five feet to a monument on the
north side of the Mount Washington-Hillsdale road; thence northerly
about fourteen hundred and forty-seven feet to a monument marking the
seventh mile point; thence northerly about six hundred and seventy-seven
feet to a monument at the boundary summit of Mount Prospect; thence
northerly about forty-five hundred and ninety-four feet to a monument at
the corner of Copake, Egremont and Mount Washington; thence northerly
about nine feet to a monument marking the eighth mile point; thence
northerly about nine hundred and seventy feet to a monument at the
boundary summit of Mount Fray; thence northerly about forty-three
hundred and ten feet to a monument marking the ninth mile point; thence
northerly about fourteen hundred and fifty-nine feet to a monument on
the north side of the Hillsdale-South Egremont road; thence northerly
about four hundred and seventy-eight feet to a monument at the corner of
Copake, Egremont and Hillsdale; thence northerly about thirty-three
hundred and forty-three feet to a monument marking the tenth mile point;
thence northerly about twenty-seven hundred and eighty-six feet to a
monument on the north side of the Hillsdale-North Egremont road; thence
northerly about twenty-four hundred and ninety-four feet to a monument
marking the eleventh mile point; thence northerly about forty-four
hundred and eight feet to a monument on the south side of the North
Egremont-North Hillsdale road; thence northerly about eight hundred and
seventy-two feet to a monument marking the twelfth mile point; thence
northerly about twenty-five hundred and forty-three feet to a monument
at the corner of Alford, Egremont and Hillsdale; thence northerly about
three hundred and seventy-three feet to a monument on the north side of
the Whites Hill road; thence northerly about twenty-three hundred and
sixty-four feet to a monument marking the thirteenth mile point; thence
northerly about thirty-eight hundred and ninety-three feet to a monument
on the south side of the Green River-North Egremont road; thence
northerly about thirteen hundred and eighty-seven feet to a monument
marking the fourteenth mile point; thence northerly about twenty-three
hundred and five feet to a monument on the north side of the Green
River-Great Barrington road; thence northerly about twenty-five hundred
and thirty-two feet to a monument on the south side of a road; thence
northerly about four hundred and forty-three feet to a monument marking
the fifteenth mile point; thence northerly about thirty-five hundred and
twenty-seven feet to a monument at a boundary summit; thence northerly
about seventeen hundred and fifty-three feet to a monument marking the
sixteenth mile point; thence northerly about fourteen hundred and
ninety-four feet to a monument on the north side of the Alford-Green
River road; thence northerly about thirty-four hundred and fifty-six
feet to a monument on the north side of a road; thence northerly about
three hundred and thirty feet to a monument marking the seventeenth mile
point; thence northerly about fifty-two hundred and eighty feet to a
monument marking the eighteenth mile point; thence northerly about five
hundred and fifty-three feet to a monument at the corner of Alford,
Austerlitz and West Stockbridge; thence northerly about forty-seven
hundred and twenty-seven feet to a monument marking the nineteenth mile
point; thence northerly about fifteen hundred and ninety feet to a
monument at the boundary summit of Mount Harvey; thence northerly about
thirty-six hundred and ninety feet to a monument marking the twentieth
mile point; thence northerly about twenty-nine hundred and two feet to a
monument on the south side of the Austerlitz-West Stockbridge south
road; thence northerly about three hundred and twenty-seven feet to a
monument on the south side of a road; thence northerly about two
thousand and eight feet to a monument on the south side of the
Austerlitz-West Stockbridge north road; thence northerly about
forty-three feet to a monument marking the twenty-first mile point;
thence northerly about twenty-six hundred and thirty-five feet to a
monument on the north side of a road; thence northerly about twenty-four
hundred and nine feet to a monument on the south side of the Canaan-West
Stockbridge road; thence northerly about one hundred and fifteen feet to
a monument on the Boston and Albany railroad; thence northerly about one
hundred and sixty-six feet to a monument on the north side of the
Canaan-Richmond Furnace south road; thence northerly about three hundred
and ninety-one feet to a monument at the corner of Canaan, Richmond and
West Stockbridge; thence northerly about forty-eight hundred and
thirty-four feet to a monument on the south side of the Canaan-Richmond
Furnace north road; thence northerly about eight hundred and twenty feet
to a monument on the east side of the Cunningham Hill road; thence
northerly about eight hundred and ninety-seven feet to a monument at the
boundary summit of Cunningham hill; thence northerly about thirty-five
hundred and seventy-three feet to a monument marking the twenty-fourth
mile point; thence northerly about one hundred and sixty-seven feet to a
monument on the south side of the Canaan-Richmond road; thence northerly
about twenty-eight hundred and thirteen feet to a monument on the west
side of a road; thence northerly about twelve hundred and eighty-five
feet to a monument on the south side of the Canaan-Pittsfield road;
thence northerly about one thousand and fifteen feet to a monument
marking the twenty-fifth mile point; thence northerly about fifty-two
hundred and eighty feet to a monument marking the twenty-sixth mile
point; thence northerly about fifty-two hundred and eighty feet to a
monument marking the twenty-seventh mile point; thence northerly about
eighteen hundred and ninety-nine feet to a monument at the corner of
Canaan, Hancock and Richmond, on Perry's Peak; thence northerly about
thirty-three hundred and eighty-one feet to a monument marking the
twenty-eighth mile point; thence northerly about seventeen hundred and
ninety-two feet to a monument on the south side of the Mount
Lebanon-Pittsfield road; thence northerly about eighty feet to a
monument on the north side of the Mount Lebanon-Pittsfield road; thence
northerly about thirty-three hundred and twenty-four feet to a monument
on the north side of the state highway between Pittsfield and New
Lebanon; thence northerly about eighty-four feet to a monument marking
the twenty-ninth mile point; thence northerly about thirty-three hundred
and fifteen feet to a monument at the boundary summit of Mount Lebanon;
thence northerly about nineteen hundred and sixty-five feet to a
monument marking the thirtieth mile point; thence northerly about
fifty-two hundred and eighty feet to a monument marking the thirty-first
mile point; thence northerly about two hundred and fifty-six feet to a
monument on the north side of the Old Lebanon Springs-Pittsfield road;
thence northerly about eleven hundred and eight feet to a monument on
the south side of the Lebanon Springs-Pittsfield road; thence northerly
about thirty-nine hundred and sixteen feet to a monument marking the
thirty-second mile point; thence northerly about nine hundred and
ninety-six feet to a monument at the boundary summit of Clover hill;
thence northerly about forty-two hundred and eighty-four feet to a
monument marking the thirty-third mile point; thence northerly about
twenty-five hundred and fifty-five feet to a monument on the south side
of Goodrich Hollow road; thence northerly about twenty-seven hundred and
twenty-five feet to a monument marking the thirty-fourth mile point;
thence northerly about fifty-two hundred and eighty feet to a monument
marking the thirty-fifth mile point; thence northerly about twenty-six
hundred and eighty-nine feet to a monument on the north side of the
Hancock-Stephentown road; thence northerly about twenty-five hundred and
ninety-one feet to a monument marking the thirty-six mile point; thence
northerly about fifty-two hundred and eighty feet to a monument marking
the thirty-seventh mile point; thence northerly about two thousand and
sixty-five feet to a monument at the boundary summit of Rounds mountain;
thence northerly about thirty-two hundred and fifteen feet to a monument
marking the thirty-eighth mile point; thence northerly about fifty-two
hundred and eighty feet to a monument marking the thirty-ninth mile
point; thence northerly about fifty-two hundred and eighty feet to a
monument marking the fortieth mile point; thence northerly about
forty-nine hundred and seventy-four feet to a monument marking the
boundary summit of Mount Misery; thence northerly about three hundred
and six feet to a monument marking the forty-first mile point; thence
northerly about fifty-two hundred and eighty feet to a monument marking
the forty-second mile point; thence northerly about nine hundred and
seventy-two feet to a monument at the corner of Berlin, Hancock and
Williamstown; thence northerly about two thousand and eleven feet to a
monument on the north side of the Sweet road; thence northerly about
twenty-two hundred and ninety-seven feet to a monument marking the
forty-third mile point; thence northerly about fifty-two hundred and
eighty feet to a monument marking the forty-fourth mile point, on the
north slope of Rhodes Pinnacle; thence northerly about two thousand and
fifty-six feet to a monument on the south side of Mills Hollow road;
thence northerly about thirty-two hundred and twenty-four feet to a
monument marking the forty-fifth mile point; thence northerly about
forty-six hundred and two feet to a monument on the north side of the
Beebe Hollow road; thence northerly about six hundred and seventy-eight
feet to a monument marking the forty-sixth mile point; thence northerly
about twenty-one hundred and seventy feet to a monument at the boundary
summit of Berlin mountain; thence northerly about thirty-one hundred and
ten feet to a monument marking the forty-seventh mile point; thence
northerly about sixteen hundred and thirty-five feet to a monument on
the north side of the Berlin-Williamstown road; thence northerly about
thirty-six hundred and forty-five feet to a monument marking the
forty-eighth mile point; thence northerly about thirty-four hundred and
sixty-three feet to a monument on the south side of the South
Williamstown-Petersburg road; thence northerly about three hundred and
seven feet to a monument on the north side of the
Williamstown-Petersburg road; thence northerly about fifteen hundred and
ten feet to a monument marking the forty-ninth mile point; thence
northerly about thirty-one hundred and twenty-seven feet to a monument
at the boundary summit of Jim Smith hill; thence northerly about
twenty-one hundred and fifty-three feet to a monument marking the
fiftieth mile point; thence northerly about fifteen hundred and nineteen
feet to bound one hundred and twelve, at the northwest corner of
Massachusetts, previously described; thereby including within the state
of New York that portion of the former territory of Massachusetts known
as the district of Boston Corner, situate formerly in the southwesterly
corner of Massachusetts, and westerly of the southwest line of the town
of Mount Washington, in the county of Berkshire, and ceded to the state
of New York upon certain conditions by an act of the legislature of
Massachusetts passed on May fourteen, eighteen hundred and fifty-three,
entitled "An act relating to the separation of the district of Boston
Corner from this commonwealth, and the cession of the same to the state
of New York." The acceptance by this state of sovereignty and
jurisdiction of such ceded territory which took effect January three,
eighteen hundred and fifty-five, the date of the approval of the act of
congress consenting to such cession, is continued in force, subject to
the retention by the state of Massachusetts of jurisdiction in any cause
which arose or was pending before the date of the issuing of the
proclamation provided in the third section of such act of the
legislature of Massachusetts, provided, however, that nothing herein
contained shall be construed to affect existing titles to property
corporeal or incorporeal held under grants heretofore made by either of
said states, nor to affect existing rights which said states, or either
of them, or which the citizens of either of said states may have, by
grant, letters patent or prescription irrespective of the boundary line
hereby established, it not being the purpose hereof to define, limit or
interfere with any such right, rights or privileges whatever the same
may be.