the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Nebraska

5.9 miles (9.4 km) SE of Big Springs (Deuel), Perkins, NE, USA
Approx. altitude: 1098 m (3602 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 41°S 78°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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

#2: North View #3: East Northeast View #4: South View #5: West View #6: Ground Cover at 41N 102W #7: GPS Waypoint at the CP

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  41°N 102°W (visit #3)  

#1: Wide Angle View to the West with C.P. in foreground

(visited by Doug Savery)

31-Aug-2008 --

This confluence was the last one I visited on my trip to the city of North Platte in the summer of 2008. This confluence marks the point at which the northeast corner of Colorado would have been located had 19th Century surveys been more accurate. The difference in this location and the actual corner of Colorado was addressed by the most recent previous visitor, Geographer Joseph Kerski on 08-Feb-2004.

What a difference the seasons make! Compare the weather conditions during the mid-winter visit of Kerski with the conditions I found in mid-summer of 2008. During my visit the day was bright and sunny, the temperature 88 degrees F with winds out of the south at 24 miles per hour and gusting to 31 mph. The site was dusty and no longer protected by prairie grasses because it had been prepared for, but not yet planted in, winter wheat. The confluence is located on high flat ground that is typical of the wheat growing regions of the Great Plains. However, satellite imagery reveals river valleys and a canal not far to the north and east providing water for center pivot irrigation systems in corn fields.

My visit to this confluence began in the city of North Platte, Nebraska, USA. I took Interstate 80 west 70 miles to Exit 107 and then proceeded south on NE 25B Link from there I continued toward the confluence on unpaved country roads. On Road West 10 traveling east I crossed 102W. My GPS showed that 41N lay 0.22 mi. to the south. I parked on the south side of the minimum maintenance road and gathered my confluence hunting gear. One vehicle passed by as I entered the field, but it did not stop. There are twin rows of cedar trees here separated by twin rows of black landscape fabric that was in turn separated by plowed ground. Perhaps this is a combination wind break and fire break. There was also an electric fence present and No Hunting signs. It appeared the confluence point would be in a grassed pasture. However, about 176 yards from the confluence the grass ended and the ground from there on south as far as I could see appeared to have been tilled for planting winter wheat. I continued on and easily zeroed out the GPS. It was very windy and dusty making it a bit of a challenge to keep from losing my small backpack and cap in the gale. I encountered no people and saw no animals. I heard the cry of a hawk overhead, but did not see it. I made the photographs of the GPS, the cardinal compass points from the confluence, and ground cover. I then returned to my vehicle for the return trip to my camp. This concluded another successful confluence visit and I was glad to be out of the heat, wind and dust.

 All pictures
#1: Wide Angle View to the West with C.P. in foreground
#2: North View
#3: East Northeast View
#4: South View
#5: West View
#6: Ground Cover at 41N 102W
#7: GPS Waypoint at the CP
ALL: All pictures on one page