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United States : Massachusetts

1.4 miles (2.2 km) SSE of West Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, USA
Approx. altitude: 22 m (72 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 42°S 109°E

Accuracy: 75 m (246 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking east from the confluence. #3: Looking south from the confluence. #4: GPS reading from the confluence. #5: Outhouse, enshrouded in original American flag and topped by Old Dixie. #6: The sad state of basketball in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

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  42°N 71°W (visit #3)  

#1: Looking north from the confluence.

(visited by Matt Cavagnaro)

02-May-2004 -- Well, this was state number six on a weekend expedition to New England in attempt to hunt down six confluences in six states (in 48 hours).

I headed north back into Southbridge, cruised along a rainy US Highway 20 eastbound and joined up with the Massachusetts Turnpike in Auburn. With a dull sense of defeat, I paid yet another unabashedly large toll.

The confluence was located near Taunton, MA, so by my estimation the quickest route from Connecticut's 42°N 72°W involved taking the Mass. Turnpike towards Boston, heading south on I-495, and getting off on State Road 24 near Taunton.

I did exactly that, and as the rain died down, I arrived in the small suburb of Bridgewater. The town's pretty nice, and pretty typical of what you might expect to find in the area.

I ventured into neighborhoods and found myself at the confluence very quickly, just as a pigeon finds its way home with an eerie built-in sense of navigation. Also, I had printed out some stuff from Mapquest.

A nice, big green single-story house sits directly next to this confluence, which by my Garmin's estimation, lies in the middle of the road. With not a single Bridgewaterian around with to share the glory, I photographed the spot in all directions and headed for Boston's Logan Airport with about half an hour to spare.


 All pictures
#1: Looking north from the confluence.
#2: Looking east from the confluence.
#3: Looking south from the confluence.
#4: GPS reading from the confluence.
#5: Outhouse, enshrouded in original American flag and topped by Old Dixie.
#6: The sad state of basketball in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
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