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Details for Benchmark: AW6980

N 29° 48.780 W 095° 48.597 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In HARRIS county, TX View Original Datasheet
Designation:
KATY MAIN MICROWAVE TOWER
Marker Type:
microwave tower
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Drove out to this benchmark before seeing a customer today..it is still in great shape.

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Katy Tx

Found while in the area for geocacing

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photoAW6980

Found this while in the area today.

Found on a return drive from the Roundtop Antique Show.

saw this as I cut thru town, 10 to 290, caching and the likes.. kind of hard to miss.

Still in place! Took a picture from Katy Park.

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photoAW6980

Have drove by this many times, had no idea I could log it as a benchmark! Cool THANKS!

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photoThe Tower

I knew right where to go for this one.

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photoTower

Recovered as described in good condition.

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photoAW6980

Found this benchmark while doing some caching in the area. Pretty neat to see it close up.

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photoKaty Microwave Tower benchmark

Pretty neato to see up close. Real curious about what all this thing does.

Found as described in good condition. I've always seen this from a distance, but never up close until today.

Just started doing benchmarks, live right by this one.

Driven past this many times in the last year, and never knew it was a survey mark! like the last finder said, it's still there and in good condition; I drove by it again today.

Found as described in good condition

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photoAW6980 Tower

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1968 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1968 (JLC) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF KATY, 2 NORTH OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 10 AND OWNED BY THE AMERICAN TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE COMPANY. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE INTERSECTION OF AVENUE D AND 3RD STREET IN KATY, GO NORTH ON AVENUE D FOR 1.1 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD RIGHT. TURN RIGHT AND GO EAST ON FRANZ ROAD FOR 0.9 MILE TO A SIDE ROAD LEFT. TURN LEFT AND GO NORTH ON THE KATY-HOCKLEY ROAD FOR 0.9 MILE TO THE STATION ON THE LEFT. IT IS A 4 LEGGED STEEL STRUCTURE PAINTED IN ALTERNATE SECTIONS OF RED AND WHITE. THE TOWER HAS HORN ANTENNAS ON EACH CORNER AND 2 HORN ANTENNAS ON THE EAST FACE OF THE TOWER. THE OVER-ALL HEIGHT IS 350 FEET. THE POINT INTERSECTED WAS THE RED LIGHT ATOP THE TOWER.
01/01/1987 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1987 (MVM) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
06/25/1994 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1994 RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in February 1996.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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