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United States : California

4.6 miles (7.5 km) SSE of Porterville, Tulare, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 159 m (521 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 36°S 61°E

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#2: Looking north from the confluence point #3: Looking west from the spot, at a commercial orange grove

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  36°N 119°W (visit #1)  

#1: My GPS receiver's display at the confluence point

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

02-Jan-2000 -- This confluence - like the two confluences ([37,-120] and [38,-121]) lined up diagonally to its north-west - lies on the eastern edge of California's fertile "Central Valley", a few miles south of the town of Porterville. And, as with [38,-121], the highway designers have made it very easy to visit this confluence - because Tulare County "Road 256" runs north-south directly along longitude 119. So, reaching this confluence was easy: I just drove northwards along Road 256 until I reached the confluence. I like to take a photo of my GPS display when I visit a confluence point, and this time I was able to set my GPS receiver along the road's center line! (See photo 1. Unfortunately the photo was blurred - perhaps in my haste to ensure I didn't get run over!)

It turns out that the confluence occurs less than 100 yards before Road 256 ends at a T-junction with "Road 252". This junction is shown in photo 2, which is a view northwards from the confluence point.

Commercial orange groves were displaced from southern California's "Orange County" years ago, but here in the Central Valley, there are still many orange groves - including several near the confluence point. Photo 3 shows an orange grove located just to the west of the confluence point (i.e., along the side of Road 256).


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#1: My GPS receiver's display at the confluence point
#2: Looking north from the confluence point
#3: Looking west from the spot, at a commercial orange grove
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