the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Texas

6.4 miles (10.3 km) NE of Dougherty (Floyd), Motley, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 889 m (2916 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 34°S 79°E

Quality: good

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#2: North from the confluence #3: East view; gravel pit in foreground? #4: GPS on the spot.

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  34°N 101°W  

#1: Northwest from 34N/101W

(visited by Ed Vinson and Sonya Vinson)

07-Jan-2001 -- Bouyed by our success on New Year's Day, we packed a Thermos of coffee, grabbed the camera, GPS, and dog, and set forth on a cool but pretty Sunday morning to do it again. I had been through the general area of 34N/101W a time or two, and my most noteworthy memory of up there was a telephone book about a quarter-inch thick containing listings for nineteen towns. It had Yellow Pages, too.

My maps indicated that the confluence was just off US Highway 62, between Matador and Dougherty, Texas. We approached from the west, stopping at a roadside park a mile or two away to set up a waypoint on the GPS. The park is at the eastern edge of "The Caprock," aka the LLano Estacado, explored by Coronado back in 1541 without the aid of GPS units or even roads. The cap is maybe 200 feet high at this spot, and below it is broken grazing land with lots of cedar dotting the native grassland.

A (probably private) road was just where the topo map showed it, and led north to within 100 feet or so of the confluence point. A quick scramble across a large gulley brought me to the exact point, according to the sattelite network. My photo of the eTrex didn't turn out, however.

Pictures 1,2, and 3 showviews to the northwest, north, and east, respectively, and I hope they give a feeling of the openness of this country. Picture 4 shows the eTrex sitting on the spot by a small cedar.

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#1: Northwest from 34N/101W
#2: North from the confluence
#3: East view; gravel pit in foreground?
#4: GPS on the spot.
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