AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7899 times:
Maine is where the sun first comes up in the US. West Quoddy Head in the easternmost point in the lower 48..although I believe Alaska does have an island on the other side of the dateline. So the answer for lower 48 would be Maine, overall would be Alaska.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7833 times:
Now that I looked a map it appears possibly Maine was the right answer in regards to the international date line : In the north, the date line swings to the east through Bering Strait and then west past the Aleutian Islands in order to keep Alaska (part of the United States) and Russia on opposite sides of the line and their territories due north and south of each other in concert with the date of the rest of each respective country.
So in theory one could still argue that Maine has the easternmost point..always good for a discussion on a slow day.
Zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2955 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7804 times:
Alaska, indeed, is the answer. But the position of the date line is really irrelevant when it comes to "east" vs. "west." Even though the date line is a bit gerrymandered, the actually meridian line is not.
Now, what makes this more interesting is that Alaska has the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points in the US!
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 20542 posts, RR: 56 Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7727 times:
Quoting AirCop (Reply 8): So in theory one could still argue that Maine has the easternmost point..
No, you couldn't. The dateline may be shifted around to suit political needs, but the lat/lon coordinate system isn't. Several islands in the Aleutians have an E in their longitude, and that's what counts.
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QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7608 times:
Quoting Radiocheck (Reply 21): If I remember correctly, the plaque there claims that the marker is the easternmost point of the territorial United States. They must not have known about that pesky little Aleutian Island!
Well, which one? Nobody has yet named the island(s) which are on the other side of the date line.
25 AirCop: Looking at a map, I don't think there are any..the date line goes around the islands. If there were any, wouldn't the press been all over it on Jan 1
26 QANTASforever: Found it. Semisopochnoi Island (179°46'E). It's an uninhabited island just over the international date line. QFF
27 ME AVN FAN: even if inhabited by 20 million people, the USA started in what now is "New England"
28 BA: It's not on the other side of the dateline. Forget the dateline. What counts is how close it is to the 180th meridian. Doing a quick Google search, t
29 BA: Oops, looks like you found it while I was typing my post. Like I said, it's not over the international date line. It's still on the same side of the
30 QANTASforever: Well, then I'm baffled as to which islands ANC was referring. Where on earth would we be without you? I always wondered what that squiggly line was.
31 Copaair737: Here's another bit of US geographical trivia.... What is the first country you hit when you go south out of Detroit?