Partly in Vermont: A Borderline Case

"This is the border," says Irene Bolduc, stepping in off her porch and pointing to the edge of a doorframe. "See, over in the living room, you are in the United States. Step into the kitchen, et voilĂ , you are in Canada."

Here at the edge of northern Vermont, the international boundary lies right across a quiet but thickly settled small town. On the American side, the town is called Derby Line, Vt.; on the Canadian, Rock Island, Que. Local historians believe that the border runs the way it does because an 18th century...

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