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Eddgar and Benn

Box Elder County, Utah

Where unfolded the penultimate chapter in the journey of two doomed adolescent boys. 


Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe. For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios is acting as our Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations will be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

If you are on the western side of Utah on Route 30, you may see a sign for Watercress, and then you can pull off down towards the lake bed. But in general we would advise you to use a GPS as your guide. First of all this place is INACCESSIBLE to passenger cars. Four-wheel drive required. With all Kcymaerxthaere and Atlas Obscura adventures, you need to proceed with caution, at your own risk and use your best judgement, but especially here. Also, bring water.  

The GPS coordinates you see here are estimates. Both recent visits by Kcymaerxthaere Pjemerahty (basically like Atlas Obscura Field Agents), succumbed to faulty equipment in recording the latitude and longitude of the site. However, the video at one of the links to the side will give you a good sense of the landscape you should be looking for. Please email the GPS coordinates when you get them to [email protected]

This site tells the story of the doomed adolescent boys Eddgar and Benn, whose story likely inspired Velkristan’s epic poem, The Willamenta, were captured by a party of Dalles sent by Benn’s father. The poem’s author, Wtib Tstetrat, the bard of medieval Velkristan, was likely a distant relative who would have been brought to this far spot (or malad) at least twice by the women of his family. Most historians now believe the lovers never exchanged anything more than a long embrace before their cruel deaths.

Know Before You Go

We hope to have more detailed access soon. But essentially it is a bit east of Terrace Mountain, but still on the flat white salt plains of the Great Salt Lake Desert. BRING WATER BRING PLENTY OF WATER There is a little place called Watercress, which is just a historical marker off Highway 30. That's where we found a road to the salt flats and then headed east once we got on the Salt Flats, hugging the northern edge of it. You visit there at your own risk!!!! but if you visit, please check our GPS coordinates--we are not 100% confident

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