the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Washington

2.1 miles (3.4 km) W of Elmer City (Okanogan), Douglas, WA, USA
Approx. altitude: 626 m (2053 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 48°S 61°E

Quality: good

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#2: Looking South #3: Looking West #4: Looking North #5: Grand Coulee Dam

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  48°N 119°W (visit #1)  

#1: Looking East

(visited by Matt Goff and Leslie Robbins)

07-May-2000 -- With some time to kill between the end of spring term and the start of summer school, I thought it would be interesting to drive up to see the Grand Coulee Dam and visit the confluence point which is nearby. It took a couple of hours to get from Pullman up to Grand Coulee. From there we drove across the river and through Coulee Dam (the town is called that). Unfortunately this was the wrong direction, which I realized when we crossed 48N but were much too far east. So we turned around and headed back through Coulee Dam (which had more well groomed lawns per block then I have ever seen before). This time we turned north on the west side of the river.

We found our way to a bluff which had a nice view of Grand Coulee Dam. There was an informational sign here which said that the dam was the largest concrete structure ever built (though I think it has been surpassed in recent years). It was completed in the late 1930's or early 1940's, I don't remember which. In any case, it was a pleasant afternoon and a nice view, I would recommend making this stop to anyone who visits this confluence.

After the short side trip, we started out on the road which the map seemed to indicate passed right over the confluence point. After a short drive the GPS indicated that the confluence point was near. In fact, this confluence point was the closest to the road of any that I have visited so far; it was only about 15 yards off the road, as you can see in the second picture.

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#1: Looking East
#2: Looking South
#3: Looking West
#4: Looking North
#5: Grand Coulee Dam
#6: GPS
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