13-Jan-2001 -- While on vacation in northern Minnesota, I decided to try to
visit a confluence 25 miles to the west of where I was staying. I had
checked this area out on Terraserver and had already decided that I
probably wouldn't make it, but that I'd give it a try.
I first tried a township road that appeared to run to the north of
the confluence, but 1.8 miles away it turned into a private driveway
with no trespassing signs. It was also unplowed and I was not about to
get stuck. So I tried hiking in from US Hwy 2. The closest that I
could get by driving was 1.25 miles so I pulled the car over off of the
shoulder, put a copy of the landowner's letter under the windshield
wiper (just in case a State Trooper was wondering why there was a car
pulled over) and began hiking towards the confluence.
There was a set of railroad tracks a quarter mile away from the road,
where I found what appeared to be an abandoned railroad station. Up
until this point, the terrain was 3 foot high prairie grass. After the
railroad tracks, however, it turned to 5 foot high cattails, and there
was still .92 miles left to the confluence. At this point, I called it
quits. I only had an hour or so of daylight left and didn't want to get
stuck out there in the dark.
For anyone attempting this confluence, there are powerlines that
cross US Hwy 2 that appear to get close to the confluence. The land
around the powerlines is cleared and relatively level so this may offer
a better chance.
A note from Guy Hubert: Dave Fischer visited 47n 93w and
found what he thought to be a train depot. Years ago, there was a farm
there called the Islandview Farm and that depot is where the train stopped
to collect the milk from that farm! that says something about the size of the
farm, because the train didn't even stop in nearby Wawina!