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7 Souvenirs of August

Details for Benchmark: HX3090

N 38° 21.105 W 081° 39.279 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1004

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is SCALED and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In KANAWHA county, WV View Original Datasheet
Designation:
FORT SCAMMON 1881
Marker Type:
nail
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:
Mark of questionable or unknown stability.

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Didn't find it 12/23/2006 VagabondsWV couldn't find HX3090   Visit Log
Was here a couple of years ago to photograph the Triangulation Station "FORT" which is in the middle more or less of the old earth fort ramparts, but just now getting back to spot the coord location of the "1881 Nail". Of course it is long gone now, but I wanted a reference to the rest of the grounds. From matching the description to the present topo and using the coords it appears the mark would be at the bootom of the bank and the road encircling the old fort site. (Photo #1).

[This entry was edited by VagabondsWV on Monday, December 25, 2006 at 11:07:25 AM.]
[Photos:]
photoPhoto #1
the location of the mark would be at the toe of the bank just about the area where the sun & shadow meet in the road
photoPhoto #2
inside the "fort" looking towards the NE corner in the direction of the station
photoPhoto #3
looking to the SE from the NE corner of "fort" ramparts
photoPhot #4
standing at the station coords looking towards the mouth of Elk River (not visible). The houses now occupy the "cleared field"
photoPhoto #5
looking towards HX3089 Ref#1 from the NE corner of "fort" ramparts
photoFort Scammon sign
located at bottom of Fort Hill Drive

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1881 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1881 (ATM) ON A HIGH HILL OPPOSITE THE MOUTH OF ELK RIVER. THERE WAS A BATTERY HERE DURING THE CIVIL WAR AND THE HILL IS SOMETIMES CALLED BATTERY HILL. THE OLD RAMPARTS ARE ON THE HIGHEST PART OF THE HILL AND THE STATION IS AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER JUST OUTSIDE THE DITCH AND JUST INSIDE OF THE FENCE SEPARATING A CLEARED FIELD FROM THE OLD FORT WHICH IS OVERGROWN WITH TREES AND BUSHES. THE STATION IS MARKED BY A NAIL IN THE TOP OF A STAKE AND 2 FEET UNDERGROUND BY AN EARTHENWARE PYRAMID. A BLACK WALNUT TREE IN THE CLEARED FIELD IS ABOUT 50 METERS N. 69 DEG 47 MIN E. (MAG.) FROM THE STATION AND A HOLE DRILLED IN A ROCK IS 3.05 METERS S. 48 DEG 07 MIN E. (MAG.) FOUR OAK TREES, EACH MARKED WITH A BLAZE AND A NAIL, ARE AT THE FOLLOWING DISTANCES AND MAGNETIC DIRECTIONS FROM THE STATION- 4.48 METERS S. 24 DEG 15 MIN E., 11.1 METERS S. 5 DEG 42 MIN W., 11.9 METERS N 71 DEG 20 MIN W., AND 14.25 METERS N. 50 DEG 32 MIN W.
1/1/1929 by USE (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US ENGINEERS 1929 THE FOLLOWING IS COPIED FROM LETTER FROM L. H. FITTS, ASST. ENGINEER, U.S. ENGINEERS OFFICE, CHARLESTON-KANAWHA, W. VA., DATED NOVEMBER 5, 1929- SEARCH WAS MADE FOR THE STATION AT FOR SCAMMON BUT IT COULD NOT BE LOCATED. THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERABLE DIGGING AROUND THE OLD FORT AND I BELIEVE THE STATION HAS BEEN DUG UP.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in April 1998.
  • The orthometric height was scaled from a topographic map.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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