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Details for Benchmark: EZ5313

N 35° 43.861 W 078° 51.048 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In WAKE county, NC View Original Datasheet
Designation:
APEX MUNICIPAL TANK
Marker Type:
elevated tank
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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When a tower is replaced by a new one nearby, it is inevitable that confusion will occur. Such is the case with this water tank, which was dismantled in the mid-1990's after a spirited debate over its historic value. Meanwhile, a new tank about a mile to the northeast has been logged as recovered several times, although it is not in the NGS database. Seaboard Street, mentioned in the directions, runs along the railroad track, southward from the old train depot (which now is the Chamber of Commerce). The tank is clearly visible in a 1993 aerial photo on the south end of the street, western side. Some cement and brick rubble was found at the site, along with an iron beam, but nothing could be definitively linked to the tower.

[Photos:]
photoApex, NC. Tank Removed.
The yellow tripod was placed by the photographer to show the site by coordinates of the old water tank. NGS data agreed with the depiction of the tank on old topo maps and a 1993 aerial photograph. (GPS reading plus/minus 10.1ft.)
photoApex, NC. Tank Site from North.
This view is from the north end of Seaboard Street, looking southwest.
photoApex, NC. Tank Site from South.
View from south end of Seaboard Street, near railroad crossing at Chatham Street.
photoApex, NC. New Municipal Tank.
This nearby tank sometimes is mistaken for EZ5313.
photoThe Peak Of Confusion?
The Town of Apex gets its name from being the highest point on a particular segment of railway. The "Peak of Good Living" slogan was a natural, and Apex earns its title. But this is NOT EZ5313.

Not sure if this it.

[Photos:]
photoApex - The Peak of Good Living
The famous Apex Water Tower with the town motto.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1933 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
01/01/1943 by CGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1943 (NBA) WATER TANK IS NEAR THE BUSINESS DISTRICT CENTER OF APEX. IT IS A BLACK ELEVATED STRUCTURE APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET HIGH. IT IS THE OUTSTANDING LANDMARK OF THE CITY.
01/01/1957 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1957 (JCE) STATION IS LOCATED NEAR THE CENTER OF THE VILLAGE OF APEX AND ABOUT 50 YARDS EAST OF MAIN STREET. STATION IS OF STEEL CONSTRUCTION ABOUT 100 FEET HIGH, HAS 4 LEGS, PAINTED SILVER. THE POINT INTERSECTED WAS THE BALL FINIAL. STATION LOCATED IN 1933.
01/01/1964 by AMS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US ARMY MAP SERVICE (NOW DMA) 1964 STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED.
01/01/1985 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1985 (WKB) STATION FOUND GOOD. VISITED SITE - VERIFIED EXISTENCE.

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  • The North Carolina/South Carolina HARNS have been completed but, due to contractual restrictions, coordinates for these stations will NOT be published in the near future. In the interim, the published coordinates in North and South Carolina will not be consistent with the Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS). The HARN coordinates for these stations are available upon request. Contact Gary Thompson(919-733-3836), or Lewis Lapine(803-896-7700). In addition, the published North and South Carolina positions (NAD 83 (1986)) are NOT consistent with those determined in adjacent state readjustments. The discontinuity between stations located in North or South Carolina and those in adjacent states which have been adjusted to the HARN may be as much as 5 decimeters. This will result in a significant loss of accuracy over lines crossing such state borders.
  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in July 1986.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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