the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Colorado

10.4 miles (16.7 km) S of Otis, Washington, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 1359 m (4458 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 40°S 77°E

Quality: good

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#2: View to the north #3: View to the east #4: View to the west #5: View of the corn field

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  40°N 103°W (visit #1)  

#1: View from confluence to the south

(visited by Keith Gawlik)

19-Dec-1999 -- This confluence point is on the plains of eastern Colorado. I took county dirt roads most of the way from the Denver area. There are few houses along this route and no one else was on the roads. It is all farm and ranch land. A county road ran close to the 40th parallel much of the way, but it was not continuous. My map showed a region where the main road did not go through, and it looked like I could get through by taking some other roads. But the single lane road I went down dead ended at some oil wells that were being pumped. I barely made my way back out, since the road was soft and rutted, and I had some trouble getting up an incline. Back on the main roads, I found the intersection of 40N and 103W in a corn field, a few hundred feet from the road.

The field was corn stalk stubble. There were no houses around and no traffic was on the nearby road. I was surrounded by expanses of fields. The weather was 25 F with a strong wind blowing from the north, where a snow storm was coming in. Picture #2 is the view to the north from the confluence point. The approaching snow storm has turned the sky gray. Picture #3 is to the east, and you can see the center part of the irrigating machinery. Picture #1 is to the south and you can see more of the center pivot irrigator. Picture #4 is to the west, where there is a pile of bales. Picture #5 is the corn field where the confluence is, taken from the road. There were abandoned farmhouses along the way out to the confluence, and picture #6 shows one of them.

It was a great day spent looking for another confluence in an unfamiliar part of the state.

 All pictures
#1: View from confluence to the south
#2: View to the north
#3: View to the east
#4: View to the west
#5: View of the corn field
#6: Abandoned farmhouse
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