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United States : Oregon

11.8 miles (19.0 km) E of Langell Valley, Klamath, OR, USA
Approx. altitude: 1467 m (4812 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 42°S 59°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View North #3: View East (towards the ongoing natural gas pipeline installation) #4: View South (towards the ongoing natural gas pipeline installation, with California beyond) #5: View West #6: All zeros! #7: A closer look at the natural gas pipeline being installed, just south of the road

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  42°N 121°W (visit #3)  

#1: The confluence point lies in the edge of a small lake

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

27-May-2011 -- Heading west from the town of Lakeview, Oregon - not far from the California state line - I drove along a series of roads: first paved, then gravel, and finally dirt/mud. The last dirt/mud road - named either "Dog Lake Road" (according to my GPS) or "Willow Valley Road" (according to my map) - runs just north of the state line (and runs right up against it in places).

The confluence point lies just next to a small lake. (Actually, with all of the recent Spring rain that this area has had, the lake wasn't so small, and the area around the confluence point was a bit marshy; I had to walk along the top of a small levee to avoid getting my shoes wet.)

The most interesting thing about my visit, however, is that just south of the road - between the road and the California state line - a long pipeline is currently being installed. As I visited the confluence point, I was passed by several trucks, carrying workers or staff heading home for the weekend. I discovered afterward that this was the "Ruby Pipeline Project": A 678-mile pipeline that will carry natural gas from Wyoming through northern Utah and Nevada and southern Oregon, ending up at the town of Malin, Oregon (just west of the confluence point). According to the project's map, the pipeline will also pass close to the [42,-120] confluence point (near the OR/CA/NV 'triple point'), so if anyone plans to be in that area this summer, it might be worthwhile visiting that confluence point, just to see the pipeline being installed nearby. (I didn't personally get to visit that confluence point this time.) Within a year or so, the pipeline may be buried, and invisible from both confluence points.

This was the last confluence point that I visited on my round-the-US road trip - a trip that ended up taking more than 14,000 miles of driving (in part because of the several detours that I made en route to visit degree confluence points).


 All pictures
#1: The confluence point lies in the edge of a small lake
#2: View North
#3: View East (towards the ongoing natural gas pipeline installation)
#4: View South (towards the ongoing natural gas pipeline installation, with California beyond)
#5: View West
#6: All zeros!
#7: A closer look at the natural gas pipeline being installed, just south of the road
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
Close to an only temporarily existing lake.