Car Talk makes a big goof!

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Here's proof that "Lost States" readers are a bit more detail-oriented (read "smarter") than Car Talk listeners. Sorry Tom and Ray, but our geo-smart readers have clear proof that your puzzler answer was no better than your advice on to cook fish on the radiator of a 65 Plymouth Belvedere. The puzzler question was:
(From Car Talk) There is only one city in the United States whereby traveling along the four compass points, the first state you reach is the same--no matter which direction you choose. The answer: Stamford, CT.
Sorry boys, but that's not exactly right. Sure Stamford is a correct answer, but it's not the only city. Lost States reader Frank Gerratana notes that St. George, Georgia also fits the description (See map above). Mike Provine and Peter Hartikka added that the northern parts of Washington DC also work (I figured that one out too!) Then there's Carter Lake, Iowa--a clear winner (thanks Peter Hartikka). Plus, while they may not be cities, there are plenty of non-city places that work. Charlie Kaupp noted there is a section of land just west of Weiser, Idaho that fits the bill. And I noticed that there is land across the river from New Madrid, Missouri that also meets the criteria.  Plus there are other spots in states that have windy-river boundaries. Sorry Car Talk guys... we love your show, but you got this one, well, wrong.


  1. Thanks for the recognition! It's official, I'm a map geek.

  2. how about washington island, wisconsin in lake michigan?,-86.613464&spn=1.301231,2.625732&z=9

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  4. Note that the question does specify CITY. St. George, GA (which isn't FL, btw) is unincorporated and thus certainly doesn't qualify as a city. Neither, of course, are all the other non-city places mentioned.

    While Washington, DC is a city, you must be in a particular place in those cities for the fact to be true. For most places in DC, it does not hold true.

    At first blush, Carter Lake, IA might also seem to fit the bill. But it is like DC: along the southernmost border, if you travel east, the first state you will cross is Illinois, not Nebraska. One might criticize the question for being a bit vague on this point, but I feel fairly certain this is a proper specification.

    Stamford, CT is - so far as I can tell - the only city in the country where the question holds 100% true, no matter where you are in the city.