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United States : Texas

21.2 miles (34.1 km) S of Marfa, Presidio, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 1245 m (4084 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 30°S 76°E

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Family Photo 1 #3: Family Photo 2 #4: GPS #5:  The Road #6: Looking Towards Mexico

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#1: Target Site

(visited by Shelly G.)

17-May-2001 -- A friend of ours told us about this project when he learned we would be traveling in this part of Texas. We traveled through Marfa, Texas and found Hwy 169. We easily found the Perdiz ranch, but the target area was posted. We took pictures and had just about decided to turn back, when a car approached. We explained what we were doing, and they graciously invited us in. The husband explained that he was familiar with the spot, because some ham radio operators had done a special broadcast from there several years ago. He further explained that he had since sold the land, but told us how to contact the new owner.

We contacted the new owner. He was a bit bewildered, but had no problem with us visiting the site, as long as we closed all the gates behind us. We traveled over rough dirt roads, and through a small creek crossing, through a herd of cattle, and to the barbed-wire fence that marked the end of the road. This site is in the Chihuahua Desert, and there is very little vegetation. It is truly the middle of NOWHERE. We took our pictures, commented on how close we were to Mexico, and started the trek back to civilization, making sure we closed the gates behind us.


 All pictures
#1: Target Site
#2: Family Photo 1
#3: Family Photo 2
#4: GPS
#5: The Road
#6: Looking Towards Mexico
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