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Maybe the first UFO on this one!

 

TN0949 STATION DESCRIPTION

TN0949

TN0949'DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1904 (RHC)

TN0949'STATION ABOUT 15 MI. (AIRLINE) NNE. OF TROY, MONTANA, ABOUT 8 MI.

TN0949'SSW. OF YAAK, MONTANA, ON HIGHEST POINT OF A BARE ROCK TOP KNOWN AS

TN0949'RODERICK MOUNTAIN. STATION WAS VISITED BY HELICOPTER, THERE IS NO

TN0949'ROAD TO THIS STATION. THERE IS A FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT HOUSE 707

TN0949'FT. SSW. OF STATION AND 8.7 FT. LOWER IN ELEVATION AT BASE OF

TN0949'LOOKOUT. THERE IS A USEABLE HELIPORT IN SADDLE BETWEEN THE

TN0949'STATION AND LOOKOUT HOUSE.

TN0949'

 

Does any one know how to search for threads more than a year back?

 

kayakbird

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Indeed, according to Wikipedia, "...with the Focke-Wulf Fw 61 being the first operational helicopter in 1936." And people always say the govt. is hiding things from us. In any case this would be a great find.

BasicPoke

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You didn't include this part:

STATION MARK- STANDARD USGS VABM SET IN 1904, PREVIOUSLY UNSTAMPED, IN DRILL HOLE IN LARGE BOULDER. STATION WAS STAMPED -ET-RODERICK 1963- BY THIS PARTY.

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During this recovery attempt, a dead steep (or maybe it was a dead SHEEP), caused some problems.

 

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I'm thinking they meant dead STEER.

 

~ Mitch ~

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Easy find

 

RK0487 HISTORY - Date Condition Report By

RK0487 HISTORY - 1873 MONUMENTED USLS

RK0487 HISTORY - 1955 GOOD CGS

RK0487

RK0487 STATION DESCRIPTION

RK0487

RK0487'DESCRIBED BY US LAKE SURVEY 1873

RK0487'ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GRANITE POINT, ON BALD GRANITE KNOB,

RK0487'HIGHEST HILL IN VICINITY. MARKED BY BRASS FRUSTUM LEADED INTO SOLID

RK0487'ROCK.

RK0487

RK0487 STATION RECOVERY (1955)

RK0487

RK0487'RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1955 (NET)

RK0487'STATION MARK WAS RECOVERED AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. REFERENCE

RK0487'MARKS 1 AND 2 AND AN AZIMUTH MARK WERE ESTABLISHED.

RK0487'

RK0487'FOLLOWING IS A NEW DESCRIPTION--

RK0487'

RK0487'THE STATION IS ALONG THE WESTERN SIDE OF SECTION 31, T. 49 N., R. 25

RK0487'W., ON THE TOP OF A ROCKY MOUNTAIN KNOWN LOCALLY AS HOGSBACK

RK0487'MOUNTAIN. IT IS APPROXIMATELY 12 MILES NORTHWEST OF MARQUETTE, 2.5

RK0487'MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF GRANITE POINT, 1.75 MILES WEST OF

RK0487'SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN AND ON THE EASTERN ONE OF THREE SEPARATE

RK0487'SUMMITS. WEST OF THE STATION ABOUT 1/4 MILE IS A CONICAL SHAPED,

RK0487'TIMBER COVERED HILL WHICH, BECAUSE OF THE TIMBER, APPEARS HIGHER

RK0487'THAN THE STATION HILL. BETWEEN THIS HILL AND THE STATION HILL

RK0487'THERE IS A ROCKY KNOLL SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN THE STATION HILL

RK0487'AND SEPARATED FROM THE STATION BY A NARROW VALLEY ABOUT 150 FEET

RK0487'WIDE. THE STATION IS ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE EASTERN SUMMIT.

RK0487'THIS HILL HAS STEEP ROCKY SIDES, A FLAT TOP AND SOME TREES IN THE

RK0487'CENTER OF THE TOP.

RK0487'

RK0487'TO REACH FROM THE UNION NATIONAL BANK AT THE POINT WHERE U.S. HIGHWAY

RK0487'41 AND STATE HIGHWAY 28 TURN SOUTH IN THE EASTERN EDGE OF MARQUETTE

RK0487'(JUNCTION OF WASHINGTON AND FRONT STREETS), GO NORTH ON FRONT

RK0487'STREET FOR 0.9 MILE TO THE END OF THE STREET AND A T-INTERSECTION.

RK0487'TURN LEFT ON FAIR AVENUE AND GO 0.2 MILE TO A T-INTERSECTION,

RK0487'TURN RIGHT AND GO NORTH ON PRESQUE ISLE 0.5 MILE TO A CROSS

RK0487'STREET, TURN LEFT AND GO WEST ON WRIGHT FOR 0.45 MILE TO SUGAR LOAF

RK0487'ROAD (ALSO COUNTY ROAD 550). TURN RIGHT AND GO NORTH ON COUNTY

RK0487'ROAD 550 FOR 4.0 MILES TO THE PARKING SPACE AT THE FOOT OF SUGAR LOAF

RK0487'MOUNTAIN. FROM HERE THERE ARE TWO TRAILS LEADING TO THE SUMMIT

RK0487'OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE AZIMUTH MARK. ONE IS MARKED STEEP CLIMB,

RK0487'THE OTHER EASY CLIMB. THE STEEP CLIMB IS FASTER, ABOUT FIFTEEN

RK0487'MINUTE PACK TO THE TOP. CONTINUE NORTHWESTERLY ON COUNTY ROAD

RK0487'550 FOR 1.1 MILE TO A CROSSROAD, TURN LEFT AND FOLLOW MAIN

RK0487'TRAVELLED ROAD WEST-SOUTHWEST FOR 0.9 MILE TO A FORK, TAKE LEFT

RK0487'FORK AND GO 0.1 MILE TO A RAILROAD TRACK, CROSS RAILROAD TRACK

RK0487'AND CONTINUE ON TRACK ROAD 1.3 MILES TO A FORK AND A U.S.G.S.

RK0487'MARK, TURN LEFT AND GO 0.1 MILE TO A FORK, KEEP LEFT FORK, UP HILL

RK0487'AND GO 0.15 MILE TO A POINT WHERE THE ROAD CURVES RIGHT AND A

RK0487'DRIVEWAY TO A CABIN STRAIGHT AHEAD, CONTINUE EASTERLY ABOUT 100 FEET

RK0487'TO THE CABIN AND THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. FROM HERE THE

RK0487'TREE-COVERED KNOLL IS VISIBLE THROUGH THE TREES, PACK EAST-BY-NORTH,

RK0487'PASSING AROUND THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TIMBERED KNOLL, BEAR

RK0487'SOUTHEAST TO THE STEEP ROCKY SIDES OF THE RIDGE EAST OF THE

RK0487'TIMBERED KNOLL, FOLLOW ALONG THE STEEP SIDE OF THE FIRST KNOLL

RK0487'TO A RAVINE ABOUT 100 FEET WIDE DIVIDING THE FIRST BARE ROCKY

RK0487'KNOLL FROM THE SECOND, CROSS THE RAVINE, ASCEND THE STEEP ROCKY

RK0487'SIDE OF THE SECOND KNOLL TO THE SUMMIT AND THE STATION ON THE

RK0487'HIGHEST POINT ALONG THE WEST SIDE. ABOUT A HALF-HOUR PACK. A

RK0487'TRAIL WAS BLAZED FROM THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE CABIN AT THE END

RK0487'OF TRUCK TRAVEL.

RK0487'

RK0487'STATION MARK IS A NAIL LEADED IN A DRILL HOLE. IT IS 37 FEET WEST

RK0487'SOUTHWEST OF A 4 INCH PINE TREE WITH A TRIANGLE BLAZE ON THE WEST

RK0487'SIDE, 18 FEET SOUTHWEST OF THE NORTHEAST EDGE OF BEDROCK OUTCROP

RK0487'AND 10 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE NORTHWEST EDGE OF CLIFF.

RK0487'

RK0487'REFERENCE MARK NO. 1, A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED TRILOBA U.S.L.S. NO 1

RK0487'1955, IS CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN BEDROCK. IT IS 22 FEET

RK0487'WEST-SOUTHWEST OF A 4 INCH PINE TREE WITH A TRIANGLE BLAZE ON THE

RK0487'WEST SIDE AND 3 FEET SOUTHWEST OF THE NORTHEAST EDGE OF BEDROCK

RK0487'OUTCROP.

RK0487'

RK0487'REFERENCE MARK NO. 2, A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED TRILOBA U.S.L.S. NO 2

RK0487'1955, IS CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN BEDROCK. IT IS 45 FEET SOUTH

RK0487'OF A 4 INCH PINE TREE WITH A TRIANGLE BLAZE ON THE WEST SIDE OF TREE

RK0487'AND 19 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE SOUTHEAST EDGE OF BEDROCK.

RK0487'

RK0487'AZIMUTH MARK, A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED TRILOBA U.S.L.S. 1955, IS

RK0487'CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN BEDROCK. IT IS 89 FEET WEST-SOUTHWEST

RK0487'OF THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF A STONE MONUMENT FOR A BARTLETT KING, 17

RK0487'FEET WEST OF THE LAST FLIGHT OF STAIRS AND 10 FEET NORTH OF THE

RK0487'SOUTH EDGE OF CLIFF.

RK0487'

RK0487'THE AZIMUTH MARK IS VISIBLE FROM THE GROUND AT THE STATION BUT TREES

RK0487'ON THE STATION HILL MAY REQUIRE TOPPING IN LATER YEARS.

RK0487'

RK0487'THE STATION WAS ASSUMED TO HAVE BEEN RECOVERED WHEN THE O-PARTY

RK0487'OCCUPIED THIS STATION. THE MARK WHICH WAS OCCUPIED WAS A NAIL

RK0487'LEADED INTO A DRILL HOLE IN SOLID ROCK (ALTHO THE ORIGINAL

RK0487'DESCRIPTION DESCRIBES THE MARK AS A BRASS

RK0487'FRUSTUM LEADED INTO A DRILL HOLE IN SOLID ROCK).

RK0487'WHEN COMPUTATIONS WERE FINISHED ON THE STATION IT WAS DETERMINED

RK0487'THAT THE POINT OCCUPIED DIFFERED FROM THE OLD GEOGRAPHIC POSITION BY

RK0487'42.32 METERS LONGITUDE AND 8.18 METERS LATITUDE. THE OLD STATION

RK0487'BEING NORTH AND EAST OF THE POINT OCCUPIED. WHEN THIS WAS

RK0487'DISCOVERED, A MAN WAS SENT BACK TO THE STATION TO DETERMINE IF THE

RK0487'MARK FOUND WAS A BRASS FRUSTUM OR A NAIL AND TO SEARCH FOR A

RK0487'SIMILAR MARK IN THE VICINITY OF THE LOCATION GIVEN ABOVE. IT WAS

RK0487'DETERMINED THAT THE MARK OCCUPIED WAS NOT BRASS BUT WAS IRON OR STEEL

RK0487'LEADED INTO THE DRILL HOLE. A SEARCH OF THE AREA INDICATED

RK0487'DID NOT REVEAL ANOTHER MARK BUT A HOLE WHICH APPEARED TO BE A DRILL

RK0487'HOLE WAS FOUND IN A BOULDER. WHETHER THIS BOULDER HAD BEEN

RK0487'BEDROCK AND HAD BECOME SEPARATED COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. NO LEAD OR

RK0487'BRASS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN USED IN THE MARK WAS FOUND. TIME DID NOT

RK0487'PERMIT FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

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I came across this datasheet this weekend:

JV5510'REFERENCE MARK NO.2 IS A STANDARD BRONZE DISK SET FLUSH WITH THE

JV5510'SURFACE OF THE GROUND. IT IS SW OF THE STATION, 5 PACES S OF A

JV5510'BLACK TOP ROAD AND IS IN THE FOOT OF GRAVE NO.104.

The poor survey crew.. they already had one foot in the grave!

 

(I did not, by the way, recover this reference mark. Would have been nice if there was a NAME associated with grave #102. All the graves I searched did not have a station disk in it.

 

However - if there's ANY survey crew out there that wants to put a marker in my headstone, feel free. I'd be honored!)

Edited by foxtrot_xray

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I came across this datasheet this weekend:

JV5510'REFERENCE MARK NO.2 IS A STANDARD BRONZE DISK SET FLUSH WITH THE

JV5510'SURFACE OF THE GROUND. IT IS SW OF THE STATION, 5 PACES S OF A

JV5510'BLACK TOP ROAD AND IS IN THE FOOT OF GRAVE NO.104.

The poor survey crew.. they already had one foot in the grave!

 

(I did not, by the way, recover this reference mark. Would have been nice if there was a NAME associated with grave #102. All the graves I searched did not have a station disk in it.

 

However - if there's ANY survey crew out there that wants to put a marker in my headstone, feel free. I'd be honored!)

This reminds me of a story a co-worker told me about his first day on the job on a Michigan DOT survey crew back in the 1970's. He reported to the Regional office on Monday AM and went thru new employee processing. Several hours of this the office manager told him he would be working with the local Project Development Survey crew who was out working in the area. So she contacted the Survey Chief (boss of crew) and advised him to come and pickup his new employee. About 30 min later one of the crew technicians showed up and he left with him. It was a 15 mile drive to the work site and the tech was filling him in on things. As they approached the work area signs along road he saw no one in the road working as he had expected. Then the driver turned left into this cemetery drive at this big curve in the road and that's when he saw a short guy with a long scraggly beard in worn out army type jacket with a shovel digging a hole in the ground. The other guy was very tall and had headphones on (metal locator) and he looked similarly dressed in worn old clothing. He was surprised when the truck stopped at these men. Turns out the guy in the beard was the surveyor and they were trying to locate the "Point of Intersection" (PI) of the curve tangents that was set circa 1950. Needless to say he was a little taken aback on his first day on the job digging holes in cemetery but the PI ended up being found in that hole they were digging. Every time I heard him tell the story everyone would be laughing for the rest of the day it was so funny.

 

Btw - This guy had previously worked as a corrections guard in a state minimum security prison and he thought nothing could get more strange then what he experienced on that job but he first day on the survey crew came close.

Edited by Z15

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While this one isn't necessarily silly, it did have a kind of WOW factor from the 1935 description. I hated the courthouse was closed, as I would have really liked to have gotten the details on it.

 

Here is the link,CQ0938

 

01/01/1935 by CGS (GOOD)

DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1935 IN JONESBORO. SET HORIZONTAL ON THE EAST END OF THE FIRST CONCRETE STEP OF THE NORTH ENTRANCE TO THE JACKSON PARISH COURTHOUSE. NOTE-- COURTHOUSE WAS DESTROYED BY AN EXPLOSION IN 1936.

 

I guess the note was added after the fact, from the dates provided.........or it was a Nostradamus recovery report. :lol:

 

EDIT: I found a newspaper story about it from 1936:

 

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19360116&id=Keg-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=Kk0MAAAAIBAJ&pg=2707,666740

Edited by LSUFan

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RL0057 STATION RECOVERY (1997)

RL0057

RL0057'RECOVERY NOTE BY MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 1997 (SHN) THE

RL0057'MARK WAS ON PROPERTY OF THE KEWEENAW BAY TRIBE OF THE OJIBWA INDIANS.

RL0057'THE BUILDING THE MARK WAS IN WAS TOTALLY DEMOLISHED 2/97 AND ALL THAT

RL0057'REMAINS IS A MASS OF RUBBLE. IT APPEARS THE MARK HAS BEEN DESTROYED

RL0057'NOTE--DUE TO ARMED HOSTILITIES (1995-96) AT THIS LOCATION, PERMISSION

RL0057'TO VISIT THE SITE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

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RL0057 STATION RECOVERY (1997)

RL0057

RL0057'RECOVERY NOTE BY MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 1997 (SHN) THE

RL0057'MARK WAS ON PROPERTY OF THE KEWEENAW BAY TRIBE OF THE OJIBWA INDIANS.

RL0057'THE BUILDING THE MARK WAS IN WAS TOTALLY DEMOLISHED 2/97 AND ALL THAT

RL0057'REMAINS IS A MASS OF RUBBLE. IT APPEARS THE MARK HAS BEEN DESTROYED

RL0057'NOTE--DUE TO ARMED HOSTILITIES (1995-96) AT THIS LOCATION, PERMISSION

RL0057'TO VISIT THE SITE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

 

Hmmmm, guess it's time to add an AR-15 and few hundred rounds of ammo to my benchmarking bag. :lol:

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Here is the story ----REPORT FROM KEWEENAW BAY STAND-OFF

 

excerpt

In the first week of June, we were present to witness the crisis at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, an Ojibwe (Chippewa) reservation next to Baraga in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Since August of last year, Ojibwe members of Fight for Justice (FFJ) opposing the tribal government of Chairman Fred Dakota have been occupying the tribal headquarters building. FFJ members also took sanctuary in a Catholic church compound adjacent to the tribal headquarters.

 

The action took place three days after the tribal council took steps to nullify a tribal election and remove 202 people from the tribal rolls. The tribe had about 2400 members, about half of whom live on the reservation, and the community has been reeling from the disenrollments, the occupation, and resultant threats and violence.

 

The Michigan and Wisconsin media have focussed on the sensational aspects of the dispute_including drive-by shootings, riot police, tear-gas, rock-throwing, and arson in or around the compound_and have largely portrayed the conflict as a purely internal dispute over gaming dollars. Mostly lost in the coverage has been the more complex background of the stand-off, which centers on Ojibwe residents, but also involves white tribal police, white private security guards, white judicial officials, and possibly white organized crime figures. Far from being just another internal dispute over casino profits, the stand-off has the feel of a "Third World" conflict where dissidents confront a government that they say has used authoritarian means to hold onto power.

 

"Whatever the internal issues are among the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe," said Midwest Treaty Network spokesperson Walter Bresette, a Red Cliff Ojibwe tribal member, "they are best resolved through negotiation, not violence or harassment. We oppose any effort to increase the level of tension." On May 30, the day after riot police launched a tear-gas assault on the FFJ compound, Bresette called for an immediate truce, and met with representatives of the two sides in the dispute.

Edited by Z15

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I think this is my favorite benchmark name, though I doubt I could get anywhere near it.

 

There are some other great names for stations around this area.

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Blue canary pointed this one out to me. I know that triangulation stations are usually named for the town, landowner, or prominent feature. It makes you wonder how much head scratching (and other body parts) they might have done to come up with the name for EG1836.

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I found a rather unusual recovery report by a GEOCAC finder of an intersection station when looking around at benchmarks that, once upon a time, I could have tried finding if I'd only known more about Benchmarking at the time. (I had known of it, but this was when I was just starting Geocaching, before I knew of BMGPX/NGS>GPX, before I had GSAK, and before I was even a premium member.)

 

DC1771 STATION RECOVERY (2008)

DC1771

DC1771'RECOVERY NOTE BY GEOCACHING 2008 (GAH)

DC1771'SPIRE ON MINIATURE LIGHTHOUSE ON TOM HAMS LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT

DC1771'RECOVERED AT 2150 HARBOR ISLAND DRIVE. TO REACH MARK AND ENJOY

DC1771'ALLEGEDLY THE BEST STEAK IN SAN DIEGO WHILE YOU ARE AT IT, PROCEED ON

DC1771'NORTH HARBOR DRIVE TO HARBOR ISLAND, TURN SOUTH ONTO ISLAND AT HARBOR

DC1771'ISLAND DRIVE, AT SOUTHERNMOST EXTENT AND T INTERSECTION PROCEED RIGHT

DC1771'TO WEST END OF ISLAND AND TOM HAMS. BON APETIT.

 

Curiously enough, the only Geocaching.com log for that station in 2008 is rather short and to the point.

Edited by EdrickV

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I found a rather unusual recovery report by a GEOCAC finder of an intersection station when looking around at benchmarks that, once upon a time, I could have tried finding if I'd only known more about Benchmarking at the time. (I had known of it, but this was when I was just starting Geocaching, before I knew of BMGPX/NGS>GPX, before I had GSAK, and before I was even a premium member.)

 

DC1771 STATION RECOVERY (2008)

DC1771

DC1771'RECOVERY NOTE BY GEOCACHING 2008 (GAH)

DC1771'SPIRE ON MINIATURE LIGHTHOUSE ON TOM HAMS LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT

DC1771'RECOVERED AT 2150 HARBOR ISLAND DRIVE. TO REACH MARK AND ENJOY

DC1771'ALLEGEDLY THE BEST STEAK IN SAN DIEGO WHILE YOU ARE AT IT, PROCEED ON

DC1771'NORTH HARBOR DRIVE TO HARBOR ISLAND, TURN SOUTH ONTO ISLAND AT HARBOR

DC1771'ISLAND DRIVE, AT SOUTHERNMOST EXTENT AND T INTERSECTION PROCEED RIGHT

DC1771'TO WEST END OF ISLAND AND TOM HAMS. BON APETIT.

 

Curiously enough, the only Geocaching.com log for that station in 2008 is rather short and to the point.

 

Hah. Okay, while I enjoy and think that recoveries on stations should be kept strictly professional (no GC links, etc..), that was well done, and still sounds nice and professional while adding a little laugh.

 

..Except it's an intersection station. D'oh.

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Seems like someone in the Army Corps of Engineers had a little fun naming this Traverse station and related disks.

 

OJ0770 DESIGNATION - C OF E JAM

 

OJ0770|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

OJ0770| PID Reference Object Distance Geod. Az |

OJ0770| dddmmss.s |

OJ0770| OJ0769 C OF E DAY 198.918 METERS 03220 |

OJ0770| OJ0766 C OF E DA 261.444 METERS 05918 |

OJ0770| OJ0764 C OF E DOO 266.672 METERS 11141 |

OJ0770| OJ0767 LEXINGTON W BRK LT 203.806 METERS 12059 |

OJ0770| OJ0765 LEXINGTON E BRK LT 304.781 METERS 13033 |

OJ0770| OJ0768 H 32 MI 79 APPROX. 1.9 KM 1760603.0 |

OJ0770|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

OJ0770 C OF E JAM

 

I would have thought this one would be in New York:

MD1745 WOODSTOCK RESET

But it apparently predates the 1969 festival.

 

MD1745 STATION DESCRIPTION

MD1745

MD1745'DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1943 (APR)

MD1745'THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AND ALL MARKS WERE

MD1745'FOUND IN GOOD

MD1745'CONDITION, EXCEPT THE SURFACE STATION MARK (STONE

MD1745'POST) HAD BEEN BROKEN OFF AND A

MD1745'NEW SURFACE MARK WAS SET 12 INCHES

MD1745'BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND. THE DISK IS

MD1745'STAMPED WOODSTOCK

MD1745'1879 1943.

 

Haven't tried looking up this one yet:

MD1745|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

MD1745| PID Reference Object Distance Geod. Az |

MD1745| dddmmss.s |

MD1745| MC1531 RAISIN APPROX.28.0 KM 0973259.6 |

MD1745| CE7558 WOODSTOCK RM 1 12521 |

MD1745| CE7559 WOODSTOCK RM 2 35.320 METERS 18011 |

MD1745| CE7560 WOODSTOCK RM 3 43.324 METERS 21459 |

MD1745|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

Those are just some things I saw looking through my Michigan benchmark database. :)

 

And for something totally different, here's a little bit of info from a surveyor's remonumentation visit to one of the two beginning points of the PLSS grid in my state, where the state's Meridian and Baseline meet:

Searched apparent location for corner. Found 20' diameter concrete monument with 2' diameter brass cap as described in item A4 above. Located the 18" tall, 12" diameter concrete monument to the North, but not the one to the West. Measurements to adjacent government corner L13 is in close accord with Lester's 1973 measurements (see items A2 and A3 above) and the measurement to Bunker Hill corner A13 is consistent with the original GLO measurements (see item A1 above). Accepted found monument as the perpetuation of clay monument found by Lester in 1973 and by Scott in 1974 (item A4). Due to size and significance of the found monument, corner was not reset.

http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/remon/dt_image.asp?remon_index=01N01WM1320071106&directory=01N01W

 

There are two such monuments, the other one is North of this one and actually had it's 2' brass cap stolen at one point and later replaced with a 2 1/4" cap.

 

(Original description text, like NGS datasheets, is curiously enough in all caps.)

Edited by EdrickV

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