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United States : Utah

18.2 miles (29.3 km) N of Wendover (Tooele), Box Elder, UT, USA
Approx. altitude: 1414 m (4639 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 41°S 66°E

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#2: Emigrant marker #3: Settler cabin #4: Bonneville Salt Flats exit #5: Stone cairn at slightly wrong spot #6: GPS

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#1: 360 degree panorama from the confluence

(visited by Terje Mathisen)

18-Mar-2001 -- I checked the confluence site before going to Utah on a business trip, and decided that this was the most reachable of the remaining confluences around Salt Lake City.

Getting there is quite easy, particularly if you have a 4WD car, or just a car that you're not afraid of scratching the paint.

Just follow I80 due west for nearly two hours, until you get to the exit to the Bonneville Salt Flats, which is just 4 miles from the state border.

Follow the paved road due north for about a mile (pic 4), then take the exit onto a dirt road in the NW direction. Follow this road past the spot where the Utah Bureau of Land Management has a gravel pit, and then be careful to find the proper road: It should be the one that leads further NW towards the Nevada border.

As you follow this road into Nevada, you come past a memorial plaque commemorating the emigrants (pic 2), and then the road leads back NE into Utah.

Shortly before reaching 41N, the road passes an old preserved settler cabin (pic3), which you unfortunately cannot examine, since the area is posted with No Trespassing signs.

At this point the road becomes even worse, but soon after there's a jeep trail leading off up the hill, this offers a nice turn-around/parking spot.

From this point I just started walking up the hill, the confluence is located about a km up on the hillside, and it has been marked by people visiting it before (pic 5), but since the stone cairn is about 8-10m from the true spot, it was probably put up before the end of SA.

I made a 360 degree panorama from this spot (pic 1), before starting on the 2.5 hour drive back to SLC.

Terje


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#1: 360 degree panorama from the confluence
#2: Emigrant marker
#3: Settler cabin
#4: Bonneville Salt Flats exit
#5: Stone cairn at slightly wrong spot
#6: GPS
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