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Details for Benchmark: GS0908

N 36° 12.448 W 116° 52.221 (NAD 83)

Altitude: -256

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

Location:
In INYO county, CA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
DAYTON HARRIS GRAVE MON
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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This was a very interesting historical spot

Recovered as described. In good condition. Interesting history lesson connected with this Benchmark.

Discovered this monument while caching in Death Valley with Dame Deco.

Recovered as described while geocaching.

[Photos:]
photoGS0908

See Michaelcycle's log for details.

Mark recovered as described. The 1X4 is still there (see photo.) What is visible is somewhat frayed but appears stable.

[Photos:]
photoJim Dayton's grave
Dayton was buried where he died, about 1/2 mile north of the Eagle Borax works. The grave was covered with the bones of the six horses that perished with him.
photoThe graves
photo1936 photograph
I suspect that sometime between 1936 and the establishment of this station in 1950 additional stones, cement and the 1X4 were added to the top of the cairn.
photoThe monument
The monument is about a foot taller than it appears in a 1936 photograph that I found online (U of CA archives.) According to a citation of the Inyo Register from March 1936, that is the year the monument was built.
photoThe mark

In the area from S. Florida to visit DAYTON HARRIS, GS0206, the Gravity Station. Had read about this BM next to the other; very cool.

[Photos:]
photoGS0908-20140925

Great history here
Beautiful day for a drive

[Photos:]
photoThe gravesite marker
Great day for exploring

Found as described, and what an incredibly fun find it was too! As noted, the base of the 1x4 is still there. Very cool benchmark, and the lowest one in the country. Fun fun fun fun fun!

[Photos:]
photoStub of the broken-off 1x4
photoLooooooow
photoWide shot of the grave monument
photoSignpost on road

Found with KayakBird. The base of the 1x4 is still there.

[Photos:]
photoGS0908 base of 1x
photoGS0908 D. H. GRAVE MON

Took a few days off from work to take a power benchmarking vacation. Found this mark right where it was supposed to be. This was the 88th of 105 marks found over a three-day period and the 34th on this 3rd day (2nd full day as day 1 was a 1/2 day). The mark is described as the top center of a 1x4, which is the center top of the rock cairn. It appears that the 1x4 no longer exists, but the rock cairn is in good condition. A more thorough examination may determine the original location of the 1x4 and allow replacement. Until such time, this station should be used with caution.

[This entry was edited by bvrballs on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 2:10:48 AM.]

[Photos:]
photoGS0908 Overhead
Overhead view of the area around the mark location and the relative position to GS0206.
photoGS0908 Area
The area around the mark as viewed from the road.
photoGS0908 Location
Location of the mark.
photoGS0908
Close-up of the mark. It was getting dark, so excuse the poor quality of the picture. Can't see the 1x4 that is supposed to be the mark.

Found this interesting and historic survey mark and gravesite. The monument is in good condition and on the east side of the West Side Road.

[Photos:]
photoDAYTON HARRIS GRAVE MON - Inyo County, CA
photoDAYTON HARRIS GRAVE MON - Inyo County, CA
photoDAYTON HARRIS GRAVE MON - Inyo County, CA

Found in good condition.

Interesting spot on West Side Road in Death Valley.

[Photos:]
photoGrave Marker
photoThe Graves

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1950 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1950 SEE STATION DAYTON HARRIS GRAVITY STATION TEXT

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in March 1994. 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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