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State attorneys general meet to reaffirm Vermont-New Hampshire border

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May 15, 2012

By Lauren Rodgers

The Ledyard (or Dartmouth) Bridge spans the Connecticut River, connecting Hanover, NH and Norwich, VT.

HANOVER, NH: The attorneys general from Vermont and New Hampshire met yesterday in the middle of the Ledyard Bridge. They weren't there to skip stones or race empty soda bottles down the river - they were on official state business.

Vermont state law requires that the two meet every seven years to "reaffirm the states' 160-mile border." Though the border is legally the low watermark on the western side of the Connecticut River - making their meeting spot solidly in New Hampshire - the symbolic meeting usually takes place in the middle of the bridge with each party standing on their respective side of a vertical line cut into the side of the bridge.

Unlike many other states whose borders are established through an interstate compact, Vermont and New Hampshire's border dispute was settled by the United States Supreme Court in 1935.[1]

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