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Details for Benchmark: DX4754

N 33° 48.075 W 117° 52.946 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In ORANGE county, CA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
ANAHEIM BIG A SCOREBOARD LT
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Must Read!

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Unfortunately, all of the "Found it" logs on this landmark are erroneous. The Big A as monumented in 1974 was in the outfield of Anaheim Stadium. It was not in the parking lot where all of these logs are claiming to have found it. I snapped a photo of it today to claim it as found, but after seeing its location on the map, reading the description, and looking at old photos, this landmark is clearly destroyed as it is no longer in its monumented position.

[Photos:]
photoAerial View of BM Location
Here you can clearly see the benchmark was monumented out past left field on the edge of the original stadium configuration. You can see the erroneous landmark that is being claimed out in the parking lot.
photoThe Incorrect Landmark Today
A view looking northwest where the erroneous landmark is and showing the original Big A Scoreboard Light is clearly missing from its monumented position.
photoThe Destroyed Landmark Facing South
Another look at the original configuration of Anaheim Stadium as seen from the air facing south.
photoThe Destroyed Landmark Facing North
Here you can see the original position of the Big A Scoreboard Light from the 1970s.

I learned about this particular benchmark a couple of weeks ago, although I've known about it since the stadium was built back in the mid 60s. I attended many a game here over the years and celebrated with one of my best friends when the Angels finally came through and won the World Series in 2002. Hoping I don't have to wait as long for the next one.

Benchmark is in good shape, although the "scoreboard" has moved. In fact, it's no longer the actual scoreboard, but more of a marquee sign to be seen from the freeway.

[Photos:]
photoThe Big A

Managed to get to this one today, there was even a game on!

[Photos:]
photoA
Sign

First try:
Cool.??

Second try:
Quite simply searched, found, finished ...

And now again right:
On our way from Leipzig on vacation to New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, Sioux City, Badlands NP, Mount Rushmore, Bighorn Mountains, Cody, Yellowstone NP, Jackson, Grand Teton NP, Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon NP, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Williams, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, Los Angeles, Visalia, Yosemite NP, Modesto and San Francisco we came right here. Of course, we also wanted this one GeoCache / Benchmark on the To-Do list to pick up. And now there is a smiling face. There were no problems ... Yes, the destination fits. Thus: the end is good, all right ...

In other words:
Everything is there, where it belongs, undamaged and waiting for the next visitors.

Now we like to say:
Thank you for your GeoCache / Benchmark and another smiley on our map.

Greetings from Mrs. Lu and Mr. Lu

Mersi fir des Dous - Danke für die Dose - Thanks for that Cache- Merci pour la Cache - Dzieki za Cache - Grazie per questo Cache - Takk for at Cache - Obrigado por isso Cache - Gracias por el Cache - Díky za keš - Aciu už ta talpykla - Paldies par šo Cache - Aitäh selle eest Cache - ??????? ?? ?? ??? - Kiitos, että Cache - Tack för att Cache - Tak for denne Cache - Hvala cache - ???a??st? ??a t? µ??µ? cache - ???????? - Önbellek için tesekkürler - Köszönjük, hogy a cache - Bedankt voor de cache - Graças para o cache - Dankon pro la kasmemoron

I happened to do a benchmark search after finding Little Pest, so I took a nice photo of this benchmark and will post it here.

[Photos:]
photoBenchmark DX4754, aka ANAHEIM BIG A SCOREBOARD LT

On top of living fairly close I can see this from the break room at work. Pix later

Found it!

Still there.....('v')

Thanks! Nice Big A

[Photos:]
photoA

Another really big benchmark that's hard to miss. ;-)

Out in Anaheim for the FoodieFest, then off to an Angels game. Couldn't miss this one if I tried.

I see This Benchmark Daily. Can you see the Halo!

I love it! It would never have even dawned on me that The Big A sign contains a benchmark. I've driven by it many, many times and we're season ticket holders at Angel Stadium so we see it at every home game that we attend. Needless to say, I found it while attending the Angel home opener with my wife, G&C and our daughter-in-law.

I didn't realize that this was a BM! Found it today (among many, many other times) on Opening Night at the Big A! Halos beat the Twins, 6-3! LIGHT UP THE HALO!

Doing caches in the area and drove right by this one....nice Benchmark,,,,

Sort of makes a person laugh, I was here before the benchmark. It fun to think I've driven by this place a million times and never thought of it as a bnch mark. We are down from Oregon visiting friends, got to go back in a few days.

LORZ, Bandon, OR

There's an Anaheim BM that is West of the River on Orangewood (North side), so I took an image from there this Afternoon.

[Photos:]
phototo the North

As many times I having by here, it is hard to imagine that I have missed this benchmark in the past. Made a point to stop and view the light today.

Who knew this whole time!

Something new in this geo world of finding stuff and exploring, which BikeNFind showed me, will it ever end?

Kinda hard to miss

~~ YOU'RE KIDDING ME!!!! OK, I've been here all this time and now I see this [B][RED]LIGHT[/B][/RED]![B][BROWN][I]
~~ I FOUND THIS BENCHMARK !!! ~~[/B][/BROWN][/I]

Have seen this soooo many times. Didn't know it was a benchmark till today. Always thought of it as the Big "A" landmark.

Found it while in town for business. Stayed across the street at the Hilton Suites.

[Photos:]
photoView from the parking lot entrance of the stadium

Viewed it from Reference Point DX4742 (Portola Junior High School, City of Orange). It was plainly visible from there and I was West of Feldner on Maple Avenue.

Also, I went North on the Santa Ana River Trail (SART) from Chapman and found a nice water fountain on Rampart below Orangewood (Fire Training Center) so I took a nice shot of it from the Trail.

[Photos:]
photoNorth from the Trail

I've been here.

You know they moved the Big A in the early 1980's, when they built seats all the way around Anaheim Stadium, so the red light beacon has moved from it's original location when the mark was first monumented.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1974 by CA-059 (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA 1974 (JLS) STATION IS THE RED LIGHT ON TOP OF THE APEX OF BIG A OVER THE SCOREBOARD OF THE ANGELS BASEBALL STADIUM. IT IS LOCATED IN THE CITY OF ANAHEIM AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF STATE COLLEGE BOULEVARD AND ORANGEWOOD AVENUE. (REFERENCE A-2, PAGE 17 OF THOMAS BROS. ORANGE COUNTY MAP)
01/01/1975 by NGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1975 (JVD) THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED IN GOOD CONDITION. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN AT ANAHEIM STADIUM.
06/10/1990 by USPSQD (POOR)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1990 (LRC) MARK RECOVERED IN POOR CONDITION.

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 Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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