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Details for Benchmark: HT1346

N 37° 25.433 W 122° 11.083 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 147.4

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

Location:
In SAN MATEO county, CA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
B 151
Marker Type:
bench mark disk
Setting:
massive structures
Stability:
Probably hold position/elevation well.

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I liked to look around. Found the bm.

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Found where described

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now I know why they call this the farm

Easy to find and the company was not too bad either! The horses seemed to like up being there and begged for our attention. Cadance had a great time with this one!

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photoCadance and HT1346

Found as described after looking at two other statues of horses.

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Nice benchmark, nice place. nice hors

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Found the benchmark in the granite base of the horse statue. Anyone into the equine sport would love this facility!

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I had the opportunity to snap this photo while discovering the benchmark on the base of the sculpture. :-)

In a 2½-page article in the Stanford Historical Society Newsletter (Vol. 8, No. 4, Summer 1984, http://histsoc.stanford.edu/pdfST/ST8no4.pdf), Dorothy Regnery gives the history and provenance of the bronze casting referred to in the data sheet as “the statue of horse Sherwood.” Briefly, there was no horse in Leland Stanford’s stable named Sherwood; the casting, made in France for unknown reasons and brought to Menlo Park by Senator Milton Latham in the 1860s, was a gift to the Stanford stable site from Mrs. Timothy Hopkins. She lived at the former Latham estate, which she had renamed Sherwood Lodge. The statue now marks the site of Leland Stanford’s horse cemetery, which was opened in 1888. The last interment there was in 1909. In a footnote Regnery mentions the setting of the disk by the C&GS in 1933.

Near the statue there is a bronze plaque “In commemoration of the motion picture research conducted in 1878 and 1879 at the Palo Alto Farm now the site of Stanford University.” This was the famous series of sequential photographs of horses and men in motion made by Eadweard Muybridge, who among other discoveries established that there is a moment in the horse’s gallop when all four of its feet are off the ground.

Edited to add that the casting appears to the naked (that is, unmagnetized) eye to be iron rather than bronze, and that an article in a French travel magazine about the foundry indicates that it specialized in cast iron.

N 37 25 26.2 W 122 11 07.0 HH2 (NAD 83)

[This entry was edited by m&h on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 11:15:02 AM.]

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photoDisk near ground in center of base
photoSide view of "statue of horse Sherwood"

Beautiful palatial stable nearby. Worth a visit.

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photoB 151, San Mateo County, vicinity

This is my first benchmark.. Very interesting. Have photos that I will upload but I'm not in a position to do that at this point. Nice spot.. The horses are friendly for the most part.

This is a neat location. Come see the horses, the restored buildings, the statutes, and, oh yes, the benchmark.

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The horse in the corral next to the statue with the benchmark was very interested in my activities and came to investigate.
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I zeroed about 30' away it seemed but I spotted the mark in a likely spot, in good condition.

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photoOne of the horse statues, this one has a benchmark
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Take the wife/girlfriend to see horses, log an old benchmark...

I've never been to the stock farm before, or seen the red barn there, and certainly not this statue. My pictures don't add anything to markens'.

[last edit: 2/6/2003 5:39:56 PM PST]

N 37° 25.443 W 122° 11.118

This was a very interesting find, in the middle of the Stanford horse farm. There is a statue of a horse as you approach the main entrance to the farm, but that is not the correct statue. Keep going, on the right, and you'll see the low brick building.

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Looking west towards the southeast corner of the brick building. The benchmark is visible in the middle of the statue base, near the ground.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1933 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
01/01/1954 by NGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1954 AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY. ON THE STANFORD UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, AT STANFORD STABLES, AT THE STATUE OF HORSE SHERWOOD COMMEMORATING THE OLD STANFORD STOCK FARM, 145.5 FEET EAST OF AND ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF A LONG BRICK BUILDING, SET VERTICALLY IN THE NORTH END OF THE GRANITE BASE OF THE STATUE, 82 1/2 FEET EAST OF THE CENTER LINE OF THE ROAD, AND 1.1 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND.
01/01/1967 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1967 RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
01/01/1988 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1988 (PS) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.

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  • The horizontal coordinates were scaled from a topographic map and have an estimated accuracy of +/- 6 seconds.
  • The NAVD 88 height was computed by applying the VERTCON shift value to the NGVD 29 height (displayed under SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL.) The vertical order pertains to the superseded datum.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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