the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Vermont

1.5 miles (2.4 km) SW of Morse's Line, Franklin, VT, USA
Approx. altitude: 97 m (318 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 45°S 107°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Quality: good

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

#2: culinary academy sign #3: North #4: East #5: South #6: West #7: GPS #8: Dave (DCP Canadian Coordinator) and Ron (45N 73W Landowner) at the confluence

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  45°N 73°W (visit #4)  

#1: grass at the confluence

(visited by Dave Patton)

18-Jul-2008 -- After visiting 51°N 1°W I spent a night at a B&B in Winchester, England, and then a night with relatives in Richmond, just outside London. The next day I flew from Heathrow to Montreal, Quebec.

The next day I drove from Montreal down to the Canada-USA border, crossing at the US Border Station, Highgate Springs, Vermont on Route 133. I then drove down Interstate 89, and then east towards the confluence.

I knew from research prior to my trip that the confluence was located just to the north of the Kids Culinary Camp on Gore Road, so I stopped there to ask for permission to access the confluence. The woman I spoke to indicated that the landowner lived in the adjacent house across the driveway.

I ended up talking with Ron Nichols, the landowner, and explained the Degree Confluence Project. He was aware that 45°N crossed his property, but he didn't know 73°W crossed it as well.

Ron and I walked up the road, and into the grass between the road and the cultivated field, which is where the confluence is located. It is just as well that the confluence isn't in the cultivated field, as the farm produces certified organic produce. Ron explained that the farm is covered by the Vermont Land Trust in order to preserve the farm from future development.

The thunder clouds were rolling in as I said goodbye to Ron and thanked him for allowing the access onto his property. On the drive back to Montreal, via the Morses Line Road border station, I experienced some extremely heavy rainfall from the storm, and was glad that it came after the confluence visit.

The next day I flew home from Montreal to Victoria, ending my "25-day confluence hunting trip in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, and Canada", that started with 53°N 7°W.

 All pictures
#1: grass at the confluence
#2: culinary academy sign
#3: North
#4: East
#5: South
#6: West
#7: GPS
#8: Dave (DCP Canadian Coordinator) and Ron (45N 73W Landowner) at the confluence
ALL: All pictures on one page
The borderline with Canada is passing 1 mi north of the Confluence.