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United States : Kansas

1.6 miles (2.5 km) WSW of Beverly, Lincoln, KS, USA
Approx. altitude: 402 m (1318 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 39°S 82°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: From the confluence point, looking West #3: To the North from 39/-98 #4: GPS from 39/-98 #5: Eye in the sky: From the Garden of Eden in nearby Lucas, KS #6: West of Eden #7: A welcome to the Garden #8: Storks with a delivery

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  39°N 98°W (visit #2)  

#1: The confluence (the rock was already there!) and a view East

(visited by Dan Samenus and Laura Samenus)

02-Apr-2002 -- After reading the previous visitor's account of farmers wielding shotguns, my wife Laura and I were on the lookout. Considering that watermelons were not in season, we felt a bit more comfortable. On the road adjacent to the confluence, we did encounter a farmer driving his combine. He presented no firearms to us, just a smile and a wave. The confluence was in an open field just 250 yards east of the road. Laura decided to stay with the truck and answer any questions should the farmer return while I headed along a dry creek bed to within 70 yards of the confluence. At that point, I entered the field and walked between the rows of young hay. As you can see, the point itself is no great shakes, but 29 miles away we found local flavor much stronger than vanilla.

Russell County lies to the West of this confluence. It is the home of noted U.S. statesman and Viagra spokesman, Bob Dole. The county also has a Garden of Eden, literally, in the town of Lucas. We arrived too late to tour the grounds, but the pictures from the street told the biblical story, along with a recurring theme of man's inhumanity to man: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/KSLUCeden.html

In retrospect, we didn't miss much by not going into the garden...just the 70-year-old corpse of the sculptor! Yes, taking the road less traveled can be an adventure; it can be peaceful and sometimes just outright bizarre. Now to find another confluence...and perhaps the 2nd largest ball of twine in the world.


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#1: The confluence (the rock was already there!) and a view East
#2: From the confluence point, looking West
#3: To the North from 39/-98
#4: GPS from 39/-98
#5: Eye in the sky: From the Garden of Eden in nearby Lucas, KS
#6: West of Eden
#7: A welcome to the Garden
#8: Storks with a delivery
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