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United States : Texas

1.1 miles (1.7 km) S of Burlington, Milam, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 144 m (472 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 31°S 83°E

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#2: A view to the South. #3: A view to the East. #4: A view to the West. #5: The tree line where the confluence is located is seen in the distance. #6: The GPS unit.

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  31°N 97°W (visit #2)  

#1: A view to the North.

(visited by Thomas M. Carlile)

19-Jan-2002 --

I returned to school after four successful confluence visits over winter break. After a week back in class I decided I'd like to take a small road trip (confluence hunt) over the three-day weekend. I picked 31N 97W in part because it was only an hour from College Station. In fact I drive within half a mile of this confluence when driving to Waco. I purchased a copy of The Roads of Texas, and noticed that in its listing of Texas “Ghost Towns” two were in Milam County.

I left College Station at noon and headed out SH 6 towards Hearne. There I took FM 485 west towards US 77 where the confluence is located. After crossing the Brazos River I turned onto Milam County Road 259 towards Port Sullivan, a once flourishing trade center that withered when the railroad passed it by. The only evidence of the town was a marker on the site of Port Sullivan College and the cemetery.

I headed back towards the confluence and decided to visit the other ghost town first. I headed towards Bryant Station which was located three miles away from Buckholts on Milam County Road 104. There were several inhabited houses in the area; however the only mention of Bryant Station I saw was on the cemetery sign. I turned south on CR 106 and headed towards Little River where there was a truss bridge that was built in 1909 spanning the river.

I headed back towards the confluence passing through Cameron. The confluence itself is no more than half a mile off of US 77. It is located between the towns of Burlington and Ben Arnold.

The aerial photos show that the confluence is located on a line of trees separating two fields. I turned left onto CR 134 and followed it until I came upon the tree line. I parked my car and let the GPS acquire a lock. I headed towards the confluence on the North side of the tree line walking through freshly plowed black soil. Walking through an overgrown area that extended into the field I came upon an area that seemed to once serve as a dumping ground for old glass containers and tin cans. The GPS zeroed out and I snapped a few pictures and headed back.


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#1: A view to the North.
#2: A view to the South.
#3: A view to the East.
#4: A view to the West.
#5: The tree line where the confluence is located is seen in the distance.
#6: The GPS unit.
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