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United States : Wyoming

4.3 miles (6.9 km) S of Taylor, Lincoln, WY, USA
Approx. altitude: 2006 m (6581 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 42°S 69°E

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: East: Bear River. Dempsey Ridge to left, Quealy peak is the wedge peeking through on the right. #3: South: Uintas barely visible on the horizon; Boundary Hills to the right (on the Utah-Wyoming boundary). #4: West: Un-named hill hiding Red Mountain. #5: North East: Coke Mountain.  Cokeville is at the base of the little hills on the other side of the Bear River. #6: GPS at the confluence (GPS II does not do this very well).

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  42°N 111°W (visit #1)  

#1: North: Sublette Mountain beyond the ridge.

(visited by R.O. Despain and Mary McHale Wood Despain)

16-Apr-2001 -- N42W111 was supposed to be the spot where Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming joined. As usual, the surveyors were close on latitude but way off (2.4 miles) on longitude. What does the Confluence Project do when the surveyors get it right? List the spot under all three states? The first one alphabetically?

When we got to where we were looking for the dirt road off of Country Road 207, a herd of cows was blocking the road. A rancher was busy getting them headed back north to the very road we wanted to use and herding them through a gate to fenced range. We tried to take a detour around the cows but that didn't work out.

We drove to the gate the cows had gone through to find it open and a young girl riding drag and watching the cows drift back south. We asked if it would be all right to drive a mile or so up the road. She made some non-commital reply that I interpreted as "yes" and we were on our way.

The road follows the ridge line and wouldn't be bad if someone hadn't driven it in wet weather and badly rutted it. We straddled the tracks by driving with one wheel on the center and one off of the track. Driving in the rut looked like a good way to high center or rip the oil sump off. When we came to a clearing, we parked the truck, took a bearing to where the confluence was, and used the GPS to cross the small dry stream course that was between us and the confluence.

Coming from Salt Lake City, we were in Utah, Wyoming, Utah, and Wyoming to get to the confluence and then Wyoming, Utah, Wyoming, and Utah on the way back. It was interesting to see how the roads changed at the state lines. Wyoming likes State 89 and CR 207 much better than Utah likes State 16 and Manhead road.


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#1: North: Sublette Mountain beyond the ridge.
#2: East: Bear River. Dempsey Ridge to left, Quealy peak is the wedge peeking through on the right.
#3: South: Uintas barely visible on the horizon; Boundary Hills to the right (on the Utah-Wyoming boundary).
#4: West: Un-named hill hiding Red Mountain.
#5: North East: Coke Mountain. Cokeville is at the base of the little hills on the other side of the Bear River.
#6: GPS at the confluence (GPS II does not do this very well).
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