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Details for Benchmark: HW3278

N 38° 39.808 W 078° 28.730 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In PAGE county, VA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
LURAY BELL TOWER
Marker Type:
tower
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Beautiful tower.

WHILE AT THE LURAY CAVERNS SPOTTED THIS BENCHMARK AT THE BELL TOWER

Found it while out visiting Luray Caverns and doing the earthcache there.

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photo

Found on visit to Luray

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photoLuray Singing Tower

Saw while visiting Luray Caverns

caching with awesnap

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photoYe tower

Discovered with inxtricablfate and MAGTFPLANNER while cruising through WV and VA picking up specific caches to target Counties, Independent Cities and Delorme Pages. Benchmarks were collateral damage along the way we scooped up to add to the fun.

Discovered with inxtricablfate and DirtyD13 while touring (West) Virginia in pursuit of the County/DeLorme/Independent City Challenges .

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photoLuray Bell Tower
photoLuray Bell Tower (Close-Up)

Still standing. Neat structure.

Observed Benchmark with AWESNAP, HoneyLavender, and Nemo C.

Observed benchmark with Nemo, vpdj, and honeylavender.

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photoHw3278

Saw the Bell Tower while caching in the area.

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photoHW3278

Observed while visiting the Luray Caverns. What a unique area with plenty to do and see. Tower still standing. See photo. CC76...

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photoLeaving Luray Caverns

Hard to miss this one!

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photoHW3278

Mark found as described. Have been to this area a number of times but did not know about this mark.

found by our visit of the Bell Tower

Visited here while grabbing a geocache.

Found in good condition

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photoLURAY BELL TOWER In PAGE county, VA

Found after visiting the Luray Caverns!

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photoLuray Bell Tower Benchmark

About to tour. See it.

Recovered in good condition..

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photoLURAY BELL TOWER (HW3278) tower - Luray, VA
..looking E

one of the easy ones

Still standing

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photoHW3278

found

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photopic 275

Saw this tower and took photograph from the entrance to the Caverns. All is well.

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photoBenchmark HW3278 - Luray VA

Yes!

Found it on a geocaching road trip with DaisyGirl75

Found it on my trip to Luray before my overnight hike in Shenandoah NP. I've been to Luray before and seen it. Like most people, I never knew it was a benchmark until now.

found & photoed

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photoLuray Bell Tower HW3278

Found it.

I mean, come on, it's right there.... No... Over THERE. BEHIND the trees..... See it?

I like these. It's like the Capitol Dome in Des Moines, I drove by it every day for 10 years on my way to work. Same here, I see it every day, but unless you see it on a list like this, it's purpose as a benchmark doesn't even register on the radar....

Found it.

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photoBell Tower

Can't miss it. My GPS measured slightly different coords.

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photoSinging tower benchmark.jpg

Forgot to log this when we found the "Yo-Ho-Ho" cache here. Loved the tower and the story of why it was built.

Went to the Atlantic Ocean today. To visit a friend, not go swimming. The tower was nice during the day; it is beautiful at night.

Please see the complete recovery, including text and photos, at my website: [b][url=http://surveymarks.planetzhanna.com/surveymarks/hw3278/]HW3278 - LURAY BELL TOWER[/url][/b].

Zhanna

This entry was edited by Zhanna on Friday, 07 December 2012 at 02:19:49 UTC.

Visiting nearby McGahesville. Interesting instrument, Beautiful music.

Recovered as described. This was a fairly easy one to spot as it is larger than most other benchmarks. See if you can see it behind my GPSr.

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photoHW2378
the tower

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1965 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1965 (ELH) THE LURAY BELL TOWER IS LOCATED ABOUT 1.0 MILE WEST OF LURAY AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE LURAY CAVERNS. THE STRUCTURE IS BUILT OF STONE, ABOUT 75 FOOT IN OVER-ALL HEIGHT AND THE TOP AND CENTER WAS THE POINT INTERSECTED.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in November 1994.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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