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United States : Indiana

3.4 miles (5.5 km) ESE of Dillsboro, Dearborn, IN, USA
Approx. altitude: 161 m (528 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 39°S 95°E

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#2: Bob at the Confluence #3: My sisters and Dorothy in front of the Aurora Borealis in Aurora, Indiana. #4: The GPS screen

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  39°N 85°W (visit #2)  

#1: My sisters Molly, Pam, and Judi at the Confluence

(visited by Bob Renner, Judi Morress, Molly Wallace and Pam Brockfield)

04-Sep-2000 -- When I first found The Degree Confluence Project web site I thought this would be a great excuse to get out and explore some of the countryside. I was planning a trip to Cincinnati for my Mom's 85th birthday and to visit relatives. There was an unvisited confluence about 30 miles southwest from there (N39 W85) and I thought it would make a great country drive. Well, before my trip somebody else beat me to it. But we decided it would still make a nice trip anyway.

On September 4th, my three sisters, my mom and I all headed out to explore. We arrived in Aurora, IN about lunchtime and found a very scenic restaurant, the Applewood Inn. It is located right next to the Ohio River and has a dining patio overlooking the river. After lunch we explored Aurora for a while. There are several Victorian style homes on hills with fantastic views of the river and the surrounding area. There was even an art gallery with the expected name of Aurora Borealis.

The drive to the confluence took us west from Aurora to Hueseman Drive. This narrow road winds its way through the woods and down the hills to a farm house with open fields. We knocked on the door to ask permission to wander around and take pictures. The owner commented, "Don't tell me you're here about that 39 parallel thing. You're all crazy." He then warned us, "Be careful of the 'lectric fence. It'll light ya up if ya touch it." He was nice enough though to turn it off.

We walked up the hill to the pond area and around to the back side. >From the earlier report and from the aerial photo, the confluence should be on that side. We managed to get within several feet, as did the previous visitor, and decided the poison ivy was not worth a closer approach. Since this was a second visit to this confluence, we only took a few pictures of ourselves to document our visit. We then retreated to the van and the drive home. We all had an enjoyable time in a part of Indiana we most probably would not have visited otherwise.


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#1: My sisters Molly, Pam, and Judi at the Confluence
#2: Bob at the Confluence
#3: My sisters and Dorothy in front of the Aurora Borealis in Aurora, Indiana.
#4: The GPS screen
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