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United States : Minnesota

6.2 miles (10.0 km) NW of Floodwood, St. Louis, MN, USA
Approx. altitude: 383 m (1256 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 47°S 87°E

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#2: Just .92 miles left to go, but I'm losing daylight and don't want to walk through this stuff. #3: Another shot of the railroad depot with other junk in the foreground. #4: GPS shot at .92 miles from the confluence.

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  47°N 93°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: An abandoned railroad depot?

(visited by Dave Fischer)

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!


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#1: An abandoned railroad depot?
#2: Just .92 miles left to go, but I'm losing daylight and don't want to walk through this stuff.
#3: Another shot of the railroad depot with other junk in the foreground.
#4: GPS shot at .92 miles from the confluence.
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