Reader: Close Encounters coordinates lead to Ault farm, not Denver International Airport

Jared Jacang Maher's post about coordinates from the movie Close Encounters allegedly pinpointing Denver International Airport -- the latest DIA conspiracy in a long line -- surmised that the numbers actually correspond to an Ault farmhouse. One of our readers did some checking, and he concurs -- and adds some theories of his own.

Rain writes:

40 36' 10"N, 104 44' 30" W is located just north of Ault, Colorado. It's not DIA. The fact that Google Maps zooms in there sounds like an Easter Egg planted by some joker Google Map programmer to me, it has nothing to do with the actual latitude and longitude.

The easy check: 40 degrees N is the Kansas-Nebraska border. Baseline Road in Boulder County is also very close to 40 degrees North. DIA is south of that line, so 40 36' 10" can't be DIA.

What I can't figure out is why the movie uses the coordinates of Ault, CO instead of Devil's Tower. It's not like the lat/long of Devil's Tower is hard to find.

Maybe it's another Easter Egg? Maybe someone who worked on the movie has a grandma that lives in Ault or something?

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