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Details for Benchmark: DC1657

N 32° 43.218 W 117° 09.474 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 154

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

Location:
In SAN DIEGO county, CA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
SAN DIEGO EL CORTEZ HOTEL FLAG
Marker Type:
flagpole
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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No flagpole here anymore -- the benchmark is destroyed

Found the Cortez but not the flagpole.

Found the Cortez, but where is the flagpole?

Found while geocaching.

Found on our way to the zoo.

(T:1400) Designation: SAN DIEGO EL CORTEZ HOTEL FLAG – So where is the flag/flagpole? My photos don’t show it. Curious to know what everyone is logging as “found”.

This entry was edited by BKip on Sunday, 26 June 2011 at 01:16:22 UTC.

[Photos:]
photoWhere is a flag/flagpole?

We saw this one while visiting San Diego from Houston.

Hard to miss...

I got to climb around on the roof of the El Cortez a few years ago (in the early 2000s) when it was being renovated and converted to apartments and I remember seeing this benchmark disk mounted in the parapet. I thought it was pretty cool to have a benchmark named for your building.

see this one everyday as well. Don't know if it counts if the flagpole isn't there, but oh well

Wow, I do remember when this was the tallest building in San Diego. It had the fanciest restaurant in town too up on the top floor. Not that I ever got to go there ... but I heard about it. I think it was called Mister A's.

I just moved into the area and got an awesome benchmark within a stone's throw from my place.

Found the building no problem but didnt see a flag pole.

Attended 1000.
Building is still in existance but the flagpole benchmark is no longer in use.

Either the flagpole has been taken down or it was not visible from the street below. It would be easy enough to put up a temporary pole if the benchmark was needed again. In early photos the flagpole is at the center of the highest point of the building.

[Photos:]
photoDC1657 - El Cortez
photoEl Cortez
photoEl Cortez Vintage Postcard

Saw two flagpoles out front, but nothing resembling a benchmark on or near either one. The hotel has been refurbished [I believe in the last 10 yrs] and the benchmark may have been torn down.
In this 1937 picture of the hotel, there appears to be a large flag at the top: http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/2000-1/images/ex37.jpg

I have lived in San Diego my whole life, and I remember when this was the tallest building in town. I was glad to see it is being used as a benchmark.

BQ

We were unable to locate a flagpole atop the El Cortez, although the big red neon signs are still there. The Greasy Diner drove around the block as I tried to see if anything up there was close to being a flagpole - no luck. Thanks, Fort Rectus

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1933 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
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01/01/1934 by CGS (GOOD)
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01/01/1962 by CGS (GOOD)
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01/01/1964 by CGS (GOOD)
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01/01/1989 by USPSQD (GOOD)
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12/06/1997 by USPSQD (GOOD)
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Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in June 1996. The horizontal coordinates are valid at the epoch date displayed above. The epoch date for horizontal control is a decimal equivalence of Year/Month/Day.
  • 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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