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United States : Colorado

4.4 miles (7.0 km) SE of Erie (Weld), Broomfield, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 1589 m (5213 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 75°E

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking north from the confluence, at County Road 7 #3: The GPS photo #4: An old barn just north of the confluence #5: Clouds on the flight from Phoenix to Boulder (not at the confluence)

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  40°N 105°W (visit #1)  

#1: The road that runs along the 40th parallel

(visited by Russ Cooper, Scott Johnson, Dale Keiser and Ron Boyd)

15-Jun-1999 -- The four of us met in Boulder for a business meeting which coincidentally put us within just a few miles of the confluence at 40N 105W. Having conquered 33N 111W in Arizona just a week before, Dale and Russ convinced first-time explorers Scott and Ron to hop in the rental car and go hunt for the confluence.

As it turned out, it wasn't much of a hunt at all. In fact, 40N 105W must be the absolute easiest confluence in the world to both find and get to. The reason is that one of the major streets in the Boulder area, Baseline Road (an apt name) runs for miles and miles due east and west, right on top of the 40th parallel! So all we had to do was get in the car, drive until the GPS showed we were at 105W longitude, and that was that. It's surprising that three guys from Phoenix and one from San Diego bagged the first confluence in Colorado!

Photo #1: Here's Baseline Road, which lies right on the 40th parallel, looking towards the west from a spot just east of the confluence. The road leading off to the right is County Road 7, which runs north and south just a few feet east of the confluence.

Photo #2: A shot of County Road 7, looking north from the general area of the confluence. Weld County seems to be mighty particular about who they let use the bathroom.

Photo #3: The standard GPS photo.

Photo #4: An old wooden barn along County Road 7, just north of the confluence.

Photo #5: Some fabulous summertime clouds, shot from the window of the airliner on the flight from Phoenix to Boulder.


 All pictures
#1: The road that runs along the 40th parallel
#2: Looking north from the confluence, at County Road 7
#3: The GPS photo
#4: An old barn just north of the confluence
#5: Clouds on the flight from Phoenix to Boulder (not at the confluence)
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