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CYBret
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A great number of the benchmarks in our area are supposedly along the old railroad. Unforunately the railroad is gone (it's now either farmland or a never-completed/illegal-to-access bikepath).

 

If the benchmarks were actually ON the railroad, they have to be gone--removed or plowed under. But, if they're along the side closest to the road, there might be a few left out there.

 

Has anyone else encountered this problem? Were they really there for you or not?

 

Thanks!

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I've been looking for a benchmark that's supposed to be on the abutment of a railroad bridge. Unfortunately, the bridge isn't where it's supposed to be (or anywhere nearby, as far as I can tell.)

 

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I've seen several that say the marker is xx feet south of the centerline of the road, but since the road was widened a few years ago, xx feet south of the centerline is now the middle of the right east-bound lane.

 

There seems to be a correlation between the date of the last logged find and the probability the marker still exists.

 

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A few months ago, I looked for a series of markers that were alongside and described from railroad tracks. The tracks were gone and it is now a hiking/horse trail. I looked for 4 or 5 of the markers and found none. On the other hand, several miles out the other side of town, I found a few markers that were on the same right-of-way. One was a spike in a small railway bridge. So...they probably aren't there, but there is still a chance.

 

In the last few days, I have found several that have apparently fallen victim to road widening. And most of them were placed in 1981.

 

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Originally posted by CYBret:

A great number of the benchmarks in our area are supposedly along the old railroad. Unforunately the railroad is gone (it's now either farmland or a never-completed/illegal-to-access bikepath).

 

If the benchmarks were actually ON the railroad, they have to be gone--removed or plowed under. But, if they're along the side closest to the road, there might be a few left out there.

 

Has anyone else encountered this problem? Were they really there for you or not?

 

Thanks!


 

That is so similar to my experience the other day. I was looking for my first Benchmark and it was located relative to a now non-existing RR. The bed wasn't even there. Just fields. I checked around on the bridgework that the BM was supposed to be on, but nothing. Kind of a drag, but that just may be the way it works for more obscure BM's. BTW, this one had not been logged since 1947. Lots of changes since then! icon_wink.gif

 

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quote:
Originally posted by CYBret:

A great number of the benchmarks in our area are supposedly along the old railroad. Unforunately the railroad is gone (it's now either farmland or a never-completed/illegal-to-access bikepath).

 

If the benchmarks were actually ON the railroad, they have to be gone--removed or plowed under. But, if they're along the side closest to the road, there might be a few left out there.

 

Has anyone else encountered this problem? Were they really there for you or not?

 

Thanks!


 

That is so similar to my experience the other day. I was looking for my first Benchmark and it was located relative to a now non-existing RR. The bed wasn't even there. Just fields. I checked around on the bridgework that the BM was supposed to be on, but nothing. Kind of a drag, but that just may be the way it works for more obscure BM's. BTW, this one had not been logged since 1947. Lots of changes since then! icon_wink.gif

 

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