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United States : Nebraska

6.2 miles (10.0 km) WSW of Plattsmouth, Cass, NE, USA
Approx. altitude: 325 m (1066 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 41°S 84°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking North from near the confluence. #3: The view to the East.  Confluence is 38 m into the corn field. #4: Looking South from near the confluence. #5: Looking West from near the confluence. #6: The proof we were there! #7: The Gazebo in the farmyard. #8: The farmhouse as seen from Highway 66. #9: The view West from the farmyard looking down Highway 66. #10: The view North of Highway 66, just East of the farmhouse.

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  41°N 96°W (visit #4)  

#1: Overview looking south from near Highway 66.

(visited by Alan Fox and Carolyn Fox)

27-Jul-2005 --

We were on our way from Regina, Saskatchewan Canada to visit our daughter in Baltimore, Maryland. We had a few confluence visits planned on the route but due to rainy weather and a strict schedule this is the only one we made on the way.

We drove south of Omaha, Nebraska to the farm on Highway 66 where this confluence is located. The temperature was unseasonably cool. A record low of 53°F for this date was registered overnight in Omaha.

The owner was home when Alan knocked on the door this cool but bright sunny morning. He was familiar with the confluence project and very proud that his picture is on the Internet. After a good visit the owner left his farm on business and gave us permission to visit the confluence.

The grass and corn stalks were very wet after rain and a heavy dew. Our shoes and jeans got quite wet. There was an open area between two corn fields, the same fields photographed by Joseph Kerski in May. The small corn plants he saw were now taller than we are. I used the open area, 38 meters from the confluence, to take the prescribed photos. Alan walked 19 meters between two rows of corn that followed 96° to get the zeros on the GPS.

We could hear birds singing in the trees and cows mooing from the farm to the north across Highway 66. South of the confluence were trees and a gully with a stream at the bottom. The farmyard and house were well tended. A gazebo with decorative flag, some flowers and bird feeders beautified the garden.

Just northeast of the confluence is the confluence of the Platte and Missouri Rivers. South of that river confluence and just east of Plattsmouth is a bridge across the Missouri River that was built in 1928. Some ingenious person built that bridge and for the past 77 years he and/or his offspring have been collecting tolls from vehicles wishing to use it. Our toll was $1.25. Larger vehicles were charged more. It seems that this bridge was a wise investment for the builder. We were soon back on Interstate 29 and on our way towards Baltimore.


 All pictures
#1: Overview looking south from near Highway 66.
#2: Looking North from near the confluence.
#3: The view to the East. Confluence is 38 m into the corn field.
#4: Looking South from near the confluence.
#5: Looking West from near the confluence.
#6: The proof we were there!
#7: The Gazebo in the farmyard.
#8: The farmhouse as seen from Highway 66.
#9: The view West from the farmyard looking down Highway 66.
#10: The view North of Highway 66, just East of the farmhouse.
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)