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Details for Benchmark: BM0990

N 30° 08.435 W 096° 15.417 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In WASHINGTON county, TX View Original Datasheet
Designation:
CHAPEL HILL FIRST BAP CH SPIRE
Marker Type:
church spire
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Neat area. Found while doing the geotour

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Our 117th benchmark! The spire is still there and in good condition, but like others have said, the weather vane is gone.

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The weathervane is gone, therefore the mark is destroyed.

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photoNo weathervane, no BM BM0990 Chappell Hill TX

Got it!

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photoSpire

Found while geocaching in Chappel Hill before the Texas Challenge.

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photoSpire

Recovered as described.
Coordinates were perfect.

Another easy one to spot, like most churches are.

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photoBM0990 - Church Spire

Second visit to this area. This time I made sure to take all the right pics!

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Spotted it while visiting Chappell Hill this afternoon... very nice spire!

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photoBM0990 - CHAPEL HILL FIRST BAP CH SPIRE - 1
photoBM0990 - CHAPEL HILL FIRST BAP CH SPIRE - 2

Spotted this while in the area geocaching.

found with no muggle while caching. she posted the picture

In town caching.

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Saw this when we went to get the Sample Cemetery cache close by with TX Travelers!

Found in great shape.

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Still in great shape!!!

Found in good condition, historical marker on it.

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Located it while finding cemeteries Nice church!!

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The weathervane is gone, but the spire remains.

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Found while enroute to the Roundtop Antique Show

not sure it's First Baptist.. but it is still there..

Not sure if this counts as a recovery since the staion is described as being a weather vane on the spire but it appears the weather vane is no longer present.

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photoBM0990
N 30° 08.435 W 096° 15.417

This is probably not the oldest benchmarks in Texas, but has to be one of the oldest structures to be used as a landmark. I believe this is the Providence Baptist Church. (circa 1873)

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photoChurch Spire - Chapel Hill, TX
photoChurch Spire - Chapel Hill, TX

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1954 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1954 (HSC) THE STATION IS THE ARROW SHAPED WEATHER VANE ON THE TOP OF THE CHURCH SPIRE. IT IS LOCATED NEAR THE CENTER OF THE VILLAGE AND ON THE EAST SIDE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 290. THE SPIRE IS 75 FEET HIGH, PAINTED WHITE AND IS MADE OF WOOD.
08/20/1994 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1994 RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
11/05/1994 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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