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United States : Kansas

3.4 miles (5.5 km) WSW of Haigler (NE), Cheyenne, KS, USA
Approx. altitude: 1018 m (3339 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 78°E

Accuracy: 1.2 km (1312 yd)
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#2: A map of the area. #3: Signs in the vicinity of the confluence.

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  40°N 102°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: The approximate location of the confluence, looking north.

(visited by Mike McDonald)

23-Oct-2001 -- This confluence was one stop on a geoexploring trip to see tri-points (where 3 states come together), state high points, state low points and confluences. Within 3 miles of this confluence are the Colorado/Nebraska/Kansas tri-point and the lowest point in Colorado. In planning the trip, both electronic and paper maps were studied. As expected, the maps didn't all agree with where the roads are, but they all showed that this confluence was within a mile of a road.

Once in the area, the closest approach to the confluence was about 0.8 miles, from the south, on road DD. The confluence is on range land, with the land being fenced, but there are two gates. The double track roads leading from them look like they go pretty close to the confluence, though the walk would not be difficult. There are no houses along the southern perimeter. There is a cluster of houses along the north, unmarked perimeter road (probably road FF), almost due north of the confluence. Due to the closeness of the houses, and their positions relative to the confluence, it was not clear which would belong to the owner of the property which contains the confluence. Thought was given to just going to the confluence from the south anyway, based on the adage "it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to beg for permission," and because the chances of being seen or stopped would be small. However, being in a "no hassle" mode of operation, it was decided not to try to find the property owner or risk going on the land without permission (both marks of a true underachiever), so the confluence was not reached.

The roads on the north, south and east perimeters are well maintained dirt/gravel county roads. The roads on the west side, going past the Colorado low point to the tri-point and north from there, are unmaintained dirt roads. They are passable by two wheel drive passenger car when dry, but when wet, 4 wheel drive would be recommended. The roads had deep ruts in them from having been driven on when wet. The southwest road segment crosses the Arikaree River without a bridge, so at times that segment might not be passable at all. The river was dry on this visit.


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#1: The approximate location of the confluence, looking north.
#2: A map of the area.
#3: Signs in the vicinity of the confluence.
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