13-May-2000 -- Sunday, May 13'th, 2000 I decided to
fly down in my Challenger ultralight airplane and check out the
confluence point of 43N 100W. This is about 19 miles from my home near
This confluence point is 29 1/2 miles ENE of Valentine, NE or 17 1/2
miles NW of Springview, NE. You can see on the sectional picture
Milboro and Wewela, SD and Sparks and Nordon, NE. These are all closer
but they are all small unorganized towns that no longer have post
offices, their populations range from 2 to 20.
This is an area where the farm country to the east gives way to the
ranch country of the west. This particular area is mostly cattle
country as you can see from the pictures.
In the view looking west the confluence point is directly ahead of
where I was standing when I took the picture. I backed off to the east
about 100' so as to stand on a small knoll. This allowed a better view
of the surrounding area.
In this picture you can see a small creek. If you look at the snapshot
of the Aeronautical Sectional Chart you can also see that the confluence
point is just east of this creek.
In the view looking east you can see my aircraft just across the
fence in the alfalfa field I landed in.
This confluence point is in South Dakota. In the view looking south
is the towers of a center pivot irrigation system. This irrigation
system is in Nebraska. Apparently the original surveyors of this
country did not have a GPS to tell them where the 43'rd parallel was
The aerial photo is looking ESE. You can see the remains of what
used to be a road in the middle of the picture, this is the SD/NE border
with SD being to the left. The confluence point is about in the middle
of the light colored field in the center of the photo.
The confluence point is top center of the creek picture. I would
have preferred the confluence point to be in the center of the picture
but the air was a little bumpy! I had my hands full trying to fly the
airplane and hold the camera pointing straight down at the same time.
The top of this picture is to the east.