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United States : Idaho

15.1 miles (24.3 km) WNW of Snowville (UT), Oneida, ID, USA
Approx. altitude: 1425 m (4675 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 42°S 67°E

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: looking east #3: looking south #4: looking west #5: GPS screens #6: clockwise - doing the confluence dance, at the point, street sign in the middle of nowhere, my sister Jeanene

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  42°N 113°W (visit #3)  

#1: looking north

(visited by David Mower, Diane Mower, Allyson Mower and Jeanene Budge)

04-Jul-2003 -- This confluence was successfully visited by my wife, Diane, my daughter Allyson and my sister Jeanene Budge. We had been at a large family gathering in Cornish, Utah, which is near Logan, Utah, and broke away for this bit of exploring. Our route took us through Tremonton and Snowville and then west on US Highway 30 towards Park Valley.

My preparation for the visit was two-fold – I studied the maps and I read the prior visitors’ stories. Our approach followed the same sequence. The maps said that there was a side-road called 38000 West which lead to within very close proximity to the point. We found this road with no problem, but soon found out that there was a discrepancy between what the map said and the conditions on the ground. Our closest approach was still more than 3 km away and the road petered out.

So, we went back to Highway 30 and then back to another side road, 36000 West, and drove north again. Soon we found the 11000 South road that prior visitor Eric Lincoln mentioned in his report. We drove west, then found a very faint two-track and drove south. We parked at about 1.1 miles to go. It was an easy hike over relatively flat terrain. It was very dry and dusty. The temperature was about 90 degrees F. The land was unimproved – no buildings, no roads, no people (except us), no animals, no structures. The Raft River Mountains were in view to the west where Bull Mountain is found, the highest point in Box Elder County, Utah.

There are two interesting points in the area. One is Promontory Point where the Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869. The other is Thiokol where the booster rockets for the space shuttle are made.

We reached the point at about 1445 hours. We had two GPS units, both Garmin brand, a GPS III Plus and an Etrex Vista. We took the time to do the confluence dance with both. They ended up being about 2.5 meters apart.

It was a great day. Thanks for getting us out.


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#1: looking north
#2: looking east
#3: looking south
#4: looking west
#5: GPS screens
#6: clockwise - doing the confluence dance, at the point, street sign in the middle of nowhere, my sister Jeanene
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