Curry County High Point Trip Report

Date: June 3, 2002
Author: Fred Lobdell

This unnamed cohp is located at the northwest corner of Curry County. However, we were not exactly certain where that was.

The problem is that there are two east-west fences running along the north border of the county. They are about 15 feet apart, and have a berm and a sunken roadway between them, at least for the first half mile. If the fence on the south side of the road and berm marks the county line, then the northwest corner of that property marks the county HP, as the land slopes downward from that corner to the south and east. You can claim this one by simply sticking your foot through the fence at this point.

But if the northern fence marks the county line, and the road and berm are in Curry County, then the problem is a bit more complicated. The berm is obviously the highest ground in the vicinity, and we walked it eastward for perhaps three-quarters of a mile. But is it natural ground, or man-made? The possibility exists that it is made of dirt scraped up from the depressed roadway, although why anyone would want to create a sunken roadway, which would be subject to flooding and becoming muddy, is unknown to me and defies logic.

A second possibility is that the berm represents an erosional remnant, the rest of the land having been lowered by wind erosion by a couple of feet. I've seen this at many cohps, where a fence line or wooded area is higher than the adjacent fields because the latter have been lowered by erosion. So I guess what we need to know here is, which fence line marks the county line? Perhaps someone who has some time to spare could hunt up the property owner and resolve this question.