Using similar techniques, there are several ways we could have some fun with this idea:
share the one closest to us
list the ones we have actually visited
determine which Doper lives closest to one
others you suggest.
One interesting thing I have learned is by way of the little compass in the upper left corner of my nearest spot where I used the compass directions to visit the next spot E and followed that trail all around the world. It’s amazing the surprises along the way. The other compass directions also yield some fun trivia.
Frabjous! I knew there had to be at least one other Doper who might help stir up some interest in this site.
What’s been your most fun thing with all those pictures and descriptions?
For me, as I suggested, it’s having built a pretty good “circle the world at my Latitude” path and being amazed at where that path gets into the Old World. South of Europe! The Going South trip jumps into water (the Gulf) soon and only hits land in Mexico and Honduras and then the next land is Antarctica.
Have you found a “confluence” (they should have chosen a word that didn’t sound like two or three rivers coming together) in the dead center of a city yet?
This one is the second closest to me (Portland, OR), right on I-5. I’ve driven right through it countless times, but never knew it. That is, I’ve always seen the 45th Parallell sign, but I had no idea I was right on 123°W. You wouldn’t know it from looking at the pictures, but this confluence is located in the outskirts of Salem.
40 North and 83 West is the closest to where I live. It’s in a fairly densely populated part of the city of Columbus, about three blocks east of the Ohio State University campus. Apparently the exact point is in someone’s back yard. If you want get there from the centre of Columbus, catch a number 4 bus north to the corner of 15th Avenue and 4th Street, and walk about half a block west from there.
The 720 locations on the earth’s surface that are furthest from a confluence are (approximately) at 0.5 degrees north or south, and at an integer plus 0.5 degrees east or west, e.g., 3.5 degrees east or west. It’s approximate, because in each case the four nearest confluences don’t form an exact square, but it’s pretty close.
Other visits have it in the house proper. That makes this the coolest confluence on earth in my opinion. I’d love to live in “the confluence house” but, despite the house seemingly being used for student housing, I bet none of the residents, past, present, or future, know or care about the confluence and what makes their house special.
Dang, I was going to post the Columbus, one, too, having grown up there. What became Broad Street, the original primary east-west road through town, was once part of the National Road envisioned by George Washington and authorized by Thomas Jefferson, designed to closely follow the 40th parallel. With probably at least 15-20 miles’ worth of development extending north to south, I was guessing before I even clicked on the 40N 83W link that there were decent odds that 83W would pass through a heavily developed area.
To answer some of your previous questions: why I’m interested in the DCP project? It’s mainly my geography geekery, and that I really can’t explain why. It just fascinates me to no end. I have the same fascination with borders (I am on a yahoo group filled with other border enthusiasts too, which is where I learned of the above picture. I also have a few border related and similar pictures on my Flickr stream
And the nearest confluence to me? 50N 97W. Been very near it many times, but never at it.
After visiting the maps and pictures for the Southeastern states I’m finding hardly any that are said to be “right on” the border even though they are very close to it in appearance on the map and you’d think the maps of borders that close would be right on the latitude or longitude line. Are old surveying methods obsoleted by GPS?
I live within a couple of blocks of Baseline road, which is the 40th parallel, and was the dividing line between the Nebraska territory and the Kansas territory before Colorado became a state. The nearest confluence is east of me by about ten miles or so.
It intersects 105 West about a mile or so east of Interstate 25, just east of the town of Erie, in an alfalfa field. It is just about one mile above sea level.