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Details for Benchmark: BM0885

N 30° 15.764 W 097° 43.954 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In TRAVIS county, TX View Original Datasheet
Designation:
AUSTIN TEXAS PUBL SERV CO STK
Marker Type:
stack
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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We are visiting from Calgary, Alberta (Canada) along with fellow cacher 3Teas, NurseB33, Bearberry's cub and myself to attend Geowoodstock 2019 event in Texas when we spotted this bench mark. Thanks so much for sharing. Accurate coordinates which made for a pleasant experience. TFTH

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Teammates Gate Keeper, NurseB33, Bearberry's Cub and I flew from Calgary, Alberta (Canada) to attend GeoWoodstock XVII.
While in the area we spotted this benchmark. Refer to picture in NurseB33's log.
TFTH

Visiting from Calgary, Alberta (Canada) with Gate Keeper, NurseB33 an 3Teas. We started in Kansas City and are making our way to the GeoWoodstock XVII in Fort Worth, Texas. We each had input to a caching plan that had us looking for select caches only.

As we cached around the area, NurseB33 snapped pictures of the benchmarks we came across and posted the pictures for the team.

Spotted while geocaching in Austin

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Out discovering Benchmarks near Downtown Austin. This Intersection Station is the center of the Stack. This is my 6th Benchmark.

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Center of the Stack

Saw this one while caching

Our 42nd benchmark!

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I can see it from my hotel room.

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Made the spot while in traffic.

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Found while driving around in Austin.

Still there and easy to spot.

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photoBM0885 - Stack

Found this while caching in the area with InxtricablFate, magtfplanner, and skeletor10.

Discovered with inxtricablfate, memomls, and Skeletor10 while traveling through the Midwest !

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photoAustin Texas Serv Stack

Found

Still visible

Observed while traveling to a Military Reunion and Geo-caching and Benchmarking as we go. Various side trips to new and different areas.
Old Professor - Tipton, Mo.

It's kinda hard NOT to locate this one once you're close to it. Easy find while driving around in the downtown area today.

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photoBM0885 - AUSTIN TEXAS PUBL SERV CO STK

Grabbing a few benchmarks while touring the area.

Love the artwork surrournding this benchmark! Took a quick pick while driving around Austin!

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Found while in town with the grandsons.

The business was closed today, I have sold them quite a lot of scrap metal in the past.

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Found it. It's hard to miss given it's height.

Austin Trip

Nabbing a few caches and BMs in town for a week.

Found driving through Austin

Drove by it this morning. Stack found!! Smoke not Found!!

found

N 30° 15.763 W 097° 43.948

Recovered in Good Condition.
Quite the gallery of graffiti in the immediate vicinity.

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Stack as described.
photoGraffiti "guarding" BM0885
Directly beneath the Benchmark

Found it today during lunchtime on a beautiful day.
I was surprised to see it still endures.
The graffiti at the base will be lucky to endure one year.

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photoBM0885 top
photoBM0885 looking up
photoBM0885 graffiti
a few feet north of the base as of 12/30/2008

Easily found. Stack can be seen from a good distance and seems to still be in good condition. See pics.

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photoBusinesses come and they go...
N 30° 15.763 W 097° 43.952

This was an easy find as the smoke stack can be seen from several blocks in the area. The smoke stack is located at Austin Pipe & Supply at 300 Medina street, about 20 feet west of Medina street (see pictures). The coordinates listed are almost exactly on the stack.

Scott & Charlotte

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photoThe Smoke Stack at Austin Pipe & Supply
photoCharlotte taking a GPSr reading
photoLooking straight up the smoke stack!

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1935 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1935 (CAS) THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE STACK AT THE GAS PLANT OF THE TEXAS PUBLIC SERVICEE COMPANY. IT S A ROUND, CONCRETE STACK, WITH AN ENLARGED BANK ABOUT TWO FEET BELOW THE TOP AND HAS SEVERAL VERTICAL BARS BELOW THE ENLARGED BAND. THE STACK IS ABOUT 100 FEET HIGH AND NOT VERY PROMINENT. THE GAS PLANT OCCUPIES THE ENTIRE BLOCK BETWEEN E 4TH STREET ON THE N, E 3RD STREET ON THE S, MEDINA STREET ON THE E, AND SAN MARCOS STREET ON THE W. E 4TH STREET RUNS ALONG THE S EDGE OF RAILROAD YARDS. THE STACK IS ABOUT 50 FEET S OF THE NE CORNER OF THE PLANT, ABOUT 100 FEET N OF A RED GAS TANK, ABOUT 35 FEET W OF MEDINA STREET, AND ABOUT 75 FEET S OF E 4TH STREET.
01/01/1983 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1983 (JRC) THE STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. THE GAS PLANT HAS BEEN CLOSED AND IS NO LONGER IN OPERATION. THE SITE IS OCCUPIED BY AUSTIN PIPE AND SUPPLY CO. THE STACK IS LOCATED 13 FEET W OF THE W CURB ON MEDINA STREET AND 60 FEET S OF THE N END OF THAT CURB.
09/03/1990 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1990 (GGB) 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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