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A friend of mine who goes to school up in Alaska was poking around some drawers in a science classroom and ran across an old mark, he didn't have a photo of it, but he described it to me, and the way he described it, it's definitely a triangulation station, it's U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, and it's stamped "ASTRONOMIC"

 

But that is all I know. I'm trying to figure out what mark it is. It may not have even come from Alaska for all I know. I thought it may be UW4620 or UW4190 but then the stamping on those only contains "ASTRONOMIC" and then also other stuff, but not just that. I can't find anything that has just that. I might be able to get a picture, but it would take a couple days.

 

Any ideas?

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Yes, a photo would help us be assured we have the all the information.

 

Does it have a year stamped? That would be important confirmation if any description was found to otherwise match.

 

I think one would need to check out all the related designations, because sometimes the stamping is not the full designation.

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Could be this one except that the stamping is supposed to be 'ASTRONOMICAL STATION' - it is destroyed, however..

 

TT1521 ***********************************************************************

TT1521 DESIGNATION - ASTRONOMICAL STATION

TT1521 PID - TT1521

TT1521 STATE/COUNTY- AK/VALDEZ-CORDOVA CENSUS

TT1521 COUNTRY - US

TT1521 USGS QUAD - VALDEZ D-4

TT1521

TT1521 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL

TT1521 ______________________________________________________________________

TT1521* NAD 83(1986) POSITION- 61 57 16.08712(N) 145 18 13.67771(W) ADJUSTED

TT1521* NAVD 88 ORTHO HEIGHT - 314.413 (meters) 1031.54 (feet) ADJUSTED

TT1521 ______________________________________________________________________

TT1521 LAPLACE CORR - -0.49 (seconds) DEFLEC12A

TT1521 GEOID HEIGHT - 13.95 (meters) GEOID12A

TT1521 DYNAMIC HEIGHT - 314.837 (meters) 1032.93 (feet) COMP

TT1521 MODELED GRAVITY - 981,929.2 (mgal) NAVD 88

TT1521

TT1521 HORZ ORDER - SECOND

TT1521 VERT ORDER - FIRST CLASS II

TT1521

TT1521.The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods

TT1521.and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in July 1986.

TT1521.

TT1521.The orthometric height was determined by differential leveling and

TT1521.adjusted by the NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY

TT1521.in June 1991.

TT1521

TT1521.The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC12A derived deflections.

TT1521

TT1521.The dynamic height is computed by dividing the NAVD 88

TT1521.geopotential number by the normal gravity value computed on the

TT1521.Geodetic Reference System of 1980 (GRS 80) ellipsoid at 45

TT1521.degrees latitude (g = 980.6199 gals.).

TT1521

TT1521.The modeled gravity was interpolated from observed gravity values.

TT1521

TT1521. The following values were computed from the NAD 83(1986) position.

TT1521

TT1521; North East Units Scale Factor Converg.

TT1521;SPC AK 3 - 886,047.927 536,529.966 MT 0.99991634 +0 36 52.0

TT1521;UTM 06 - 6,870,270.322 588,967.693 MT 0.99969696 +1 29 49.6

TT1521

TT1521! - Elev Factor x Scale Factor = Combined Factor

TT1521!SPC AK 3 - 0.99994862 x 0.99991634 = 0.99986496

TT1521!UTM 06 - 0.99994862 x 0.99969696 = 0.99964559

TT1521

TT1521: Primary Azimuth Mark Grid Az

TT1521:SPC AK 3 - KLUTINA 182 08 47.5

TT1521:UTM 06 - KLUTINA 181 15 49.9

TT1521

TT1521|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

TT1521| PID Reference Object Distance Geod. Az |

TT1521| dddmmss.s |

TT1521| TT1523 KLUTINA APPROX. 0.7 KM 1824539.5 |

TT1521|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

TT1521

TT1521 SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL

TT1521

TT1521 NAD 27 - 61 57 17.80100(N) 145 18 05.97600(W) AD( ) 2

TT1521 NGVD 29 (??/??/92) 312.40 (m) 1024.9 (f) COMPUTED 1 2

TT1521

TT1521.Superseded values are not recommended for survey control.

TT1521

TT1521.NGS no longer adjusts projects to the NAD 27 or NGVD 29 datums.

TT1521.See file dsdata.txt to determine how the superseded data were derived.

TT1521

TT1521_U.S. NATIONAL GRID SPATIAL ADDRESS: 6VWP8896770270(NAD 83)

TT1521

TT1521_MARKER: DS = TRIANGULATION STATION DISK

TT1521_SETTING: 36 = SET IN A MASSIVE STRUCTURE

TT1521_SP_SET: PIER

TT1521_STAMPING: ASTRONOMICAL STATION

TT1521_STABILITY: B = PROBABLY HOLD POSITION/ELEVATION WELL

TT1521

TT1521 HISTORY - Date Condition Report By

TT1521 HISTORY - 1911 MONUMENTED CGS

TT1521 HISTORY - 1941 GOOD CGS

TT1521 HISTORY - 1949 GOOD USGS

TT1521 HISTORY - 1949 GOOD USAF

TT1521 HISTORY - 1952 GOOD CGS

TT1521 HISTORY - 1964 GOOD CGS

TT1521 HISTORY - 1964 GOOD CGS

TT1521 HISTORY - 1966 DESTROYED CGS

TT1521

TT1521 STATION DESCRIPTION

TT1521

TT1521'DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1911 (ES)

TT1521'THE STATION IS ABOUT 18 METERS W OF THE TRAIL GOING N AND ABOUT 100

TT1521'METERS N OF THE KLUTINA RIVER.

TT1521'

TT1521'STATION IS MARKED WITH A CONCRETE PIER 14 BY 26 INCHES ON TOP AND

TT1521'PROJECTING 34 INCHES ABOVE GROUND. THE BASE IS 2 FEET IN THE GROUND

TT1521'AND SOMEWHAT LARGER THAN THAT PART OF THE PIER THAT PROJECTS ABOVE

TT1521'THE GROUND. A COPPER DISK TRIANGULATION STATION MARK WITH THE WORDS

TT1521'ASTRONOMICAL STATION STAMPED ABOUT THE TRIANGLE IS SET IN THE

TT1521'TOP OF THE PIER.

TT1521

TT1521 STATION RECOVERY (1941)

TT1521

TT1521'RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1941 (ANS)

TT1521'STATION RECOVERED, MARK FOUND TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION. THE ORIGINAL

TT1521'DESCRIPTION IS NOT ADEQUATE AT PRESENT, THE FOLLOWING IS TO BE USED.

TT1521'THE STATION IS IN THE THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT, ABOUT 1/4 MILE W OF

TT1521'THE COPPER CENTER ROAD HOUSE, 65 FEET W OF THE CENTER LINE OF THE

TT1521'RICHARDSON HIGHWAY, ABOUT 75 YARDS N OF A TIN WAREHOUSE OF THE

TT1521'ALASKA ROAD COMMISSION, AND ABOUT 130 YARDS N OF THE KLUTINA RIVER.

TT1521'(THE KLUTINA RIVER HAS CHANGED ITS COURSE SINCE THE ORIGINAL

TT1521'DESCRIPTION WAS WRITTEN.) THE MARK IS AN OLD TYPE TRIANGULATION

TT1521'DISK, INSCRIBED ASTRONOMICAL STATION, SET IN THE TOP OF A CONCRETE

TT1521'POST 14 INCHES WIDE, 26 INCHES LONG AND 34 INCHES HIGH.

TT1521'

TT1521'TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE COPPER CENTER ROAD HOUSE GO W ON GRADED

TT1521'ROAD FOR 1/4 MILE TO THE TIN WAREHOUSE OF THE ALASKA ROAD COMMISSION

TT1521'AND THE STATION.

TT1521'

TT1521'THE ELEVATION OF THE STATION IS ABOUT 1026 FEET.

TT1521'

TT1521'NO OTHER MARKS WERE ESTABLISHED.

TT1521'

TT1521'THIS STATION WAS TIED TO THE TRIANGULATION ARC IN 1941.

TT1521

TT1521 STATION RECOVERY (1949)

TT1521

TT1521'RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1949 (RB)

TT1521'STATION FOUND AS DESCRIBED.

TT1521'

TT1521'STATION MARK--A STANDARD NGS DISK SET IN A CONCRETE PIER PROJECTING

TT1521'3.0 FT.

TT1521

TT1521 STATION RECOVERY (1949)

TT1521

TT1521'RECOVERY NOTE BY US AIR FORCE 1949

TT1521'STATION AND REFERENCE MARKS WERE RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED AND IN GOOD

TT1521'CONDITION.

TT1521

TT1521 STATION RECOVERY (1952)

TT1521

TT1521'RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1952 (TCC)

TT1521'THE STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. IT IS LOCATED AT COPPER

TT1521'CENTER, ALONG THE RICHARDSON HIGHWAY, 0.6 MI. S OF STEWARTS STORE,

TT1521'1/4 MI. W OF COPPER CENTER ROAD HOUSE, 0.15 MI. NE OF A STEEL GIRDER

TT1521'BRIDGE OVER KLUTINA RIVER, 271 FT. E OF THE E CORNER OF A TIN

TT1521'WAREHOUSE OF THE ALASKA ROAD COMMISSION, 137.5 FT. N OF AND

TT1521'ACROSS THE HIGHWAY FROM THE N CORNER OF THE HYKE TRANSFER SERVICE

TT1521'GARAGE, 63 FT. NW OF THE CENTERLINE OF THE HIGHWAY, AND ABOUT 2 FT.

TT1521'HIGHER THAN THE HIGHWAY. IT IS MARKED BY A TRIANGULATION-STATION

TT1521'DISK, STAMPED ASTRONOMICAL STATION AND SET IN THE TOP OF A 14-

TT1521'BY 26-IN. CONCRETE PIER PROJECTING 3.0 FT. ABOVE THE GROUND.

TT1521

TT1521 STATION RECOVERY (1964)

TT1521

TT1521'RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1964 (GCR)

TT1521'THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED AND FOUND TO BE IN GOOD

TT1521'CONDTION. IT IS 59.0 FEET WEST OF THE CENTER LINE OF THE RICHARDSON

TT1521'HIGHWAY. 55.0 FEET EAST OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE STANDARD OIL

TT1521'COMPANY BUILDINGS.

TT1521

TT1521 STATION RECOVERY (1964)

TT1521

TT1521'RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1964

TT1521'0.6 MI S FROM COPPER CENTER.

TT1521'0.6 MILE SOUTH ALONG STATE HIGHWAY 4 FROM THE POST OFFICE AT COPPER

TT1521'CENTER, ABOUT 0.15 MILE NORTHEAST OF A STEEL AND CONCRETE BRIDGE OVER

TT1521'THE KLUTINA RIVER, 157 FEET NORTHEAST OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE

TT1521'STANDARD OIL COMPANY WAREHOUSE, 137 1/2 FEET NORTH AND ACROSS THE

TT1521'HIGHWAY FROM THE COPPER CENTER GARAGE, 60 FEET NORTHWEST OF THE

TT1521'CENTERLINE OF THE HIGHWAY, AND ABOUT 2 1/2 FEET HIGHER THAN THE

TT1521'HIGHWAY. A DISK SET IN THE TOP OF A 14 BY 26-INCH CONCRETE PIER

TT1521'PROJECTING 2.5 FEET.

TT1521

TT1521 STATION RECOVERY (1966)

TT1521

TT1521'RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1966 (EWR)

TT1521'THIS MARK WAS FOUND BROKEN OFF, AND LYING ON THE GROUND. THE DISK

TT1521'WAS RECLAIMED FROM THE BLOCK OF CEMENT. THERE WAS NO SUBSURFACE, OR

TT1521'REFERENCE MARKS SET FOR THIS STATION. PRESENT CONDITION

TT1521'DESTROYED

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Could be this one except that the stamping is supposed to be 'ASTRONOMICAL STATION' - it is destroyed, however..

 

TT1521 ***********************************************************************

 

 

Hmm, that fits. The station would definitely be destroyed, since the mark is actually in the back of a classroom somewhere in Fairbanks.

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There's always the possibility that it was left over from a project. There seem to be a lot of stations with similar names. The fact that there is no date would lend support to the idea. Maybe somebody stamped a bunch of them in preparation for a project and was going to put the date on them when they were set.

 

The stamping looks cleaner than the cast letters, like it had been stored somewhere it could get wet or dirty at one time, but not after stamping.

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