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Details for Benchmark: HW3334

N 38° 01.967 W 078° 31.353 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 865

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

Location:
In ALBEMARLE county, VA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
UNIVERSITY
Marker Type:
triangulation station disk
Setting:
set into the top of a round concrete monument
Stability:

Reference Points

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Mark recovered as described. Condition of disk and cover: good. RM 1 also recovered in good condition.

[Photos:]
photoThe mark
photoEye level
Note cover.
photoSetting
Looking west
photoRM 1

Neato!

Grabbed as part of a well rounded cache day. This was my bonus benchmark cache, and first benchmark logged. Knew this one was here as I saw it several months ago while searching for clues to find a nearby puzzle cache. Thanks for bringing me to this lovely area again.

[Photos:]
photoReference mark No 1 disc
photoBroader view
photoBenchmark cover
photoUniversity Benchmark
photoReference mark No 2 disc
photoBroader view of No 2

Found it at 10:35a.

[Photos:]
photoUNIVERSITY
photoUNIVERSITY N 01

Found Reference Mark No.1 while looking for the Seeing Stars cache.

Found all three disks unintentionally while looking for the Seeing the Stars cache. First time I found a bench mark in a man hole. Cool!

We found what we were looking for -- and what we WEREN'T!! When we pried up the very cool USC&GS manhole cover, we found a little black spider with a BIG red hourglass on her abdomen. I expect this anytime in the southwest, but not in Virginia, and especially not in the wintertime!!! We left the mark alone, but not so the spider. We do not usually advocate destroying creatures, but when they are venomous and in places where people can come across them, we make an exception. So benchmark happily along -- but be careful out there.

[Photos:]
photoCover of HW3334 UNIVERSITY Charlottesville VA
photoHW3334 UNIVERSITY disk Charlottesville VA
photoHW3334 UNIVERSITY and a venomous friend

Found it while looking for a nearby cache.
University 001

Triangulation station and two reference marks are in locations as described by fellow benchmark hunters.

Found this one while looking for a nearby multicache.

[Photos:]
photoBenchmark

Saw this benchmark while up looking at the Observitory

[Photos:]
photoUniversity No 2

I got to log this one and HW3332 in one day.

[Photos:]
photoHW3334 - University station cover
A picture of the steel cover.
photoHW3334 - University
Picture of the mark.
photoHW3334 - RM1
Picture of reference mark 1.
photoHW3334 - RM2
Picture of reference mark 2.

I guess I'll go ahead and log this as found. I went to the observatory, and found the lid Seventhings referred to in great shape, but didn't have a screwdriver or anything and couldn't get the lid off with just my finger. It's thick and heavy. Got a lovely picture of the lid, though.

[Photos:]
photoHW3334 - Charlottesville, VA
The lid to the benchmark chamber

Still in place, albiet snow-covered.

Found with modification to the description. Station UNIVERSITY is monumented in a round, metal chamber eight inches below the surface. The chamber is covered by a 14-inch iron manhole cover with the raised letters U.S.C.& G.S. on it. The cover is flush with the surface of the lawn, and is easily lifted to access the disk. The described distances from the Leander McCormick Observatory and brick building are good. RM1 is located in thick brush two feet north of an orange carsonite witness post, and otherwise as described. Hanheld coordinates for RM1 are N38-01.961 W078-31.339. RM2 is located 1.5 feet west of an orange carsonite witness post and otherwise as described. Handheld coordinates for RM2 are N38-01.957 W078-31.363.

[Photos:]
photoHW3334 - the Mark
photoHW3334 in Charlottesville, VA
Looking northeast at the Leander McCormick Observatory (HW3332), the mark is under a manhole cover near the white notebook at lower-center.
photoHW3334 - RM1
photoHW3334 RM1 area
Looking south from the south side of the Leander McCormick Observatory, RM1 is at the orange witness post at right-center. Note the described utility pole at left.
photoHW3334 RM2
photoHW3334 RM2 area
Looking east from the raod that leads to the observatory, RM2 lies at the base of the orange witness post.

Benchmark is still there. Actually there are 3 benchmarks total in this little grouping. The 2 additional disks were still nearby. Both Ref mark 1 and Ref mark 2 were hidden by leaves and vines, so I uncovered them somewhat.

[Photos:]
photoHW3334 ref mark 2
Ref mark 2 near Leander McCormick Observatory in Charlottesville, VA

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1965 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1965 (ELH) THE STATION IS LOCATED ON THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA PROPERTY IN THE SOUTH EDGE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE AT THE SITE OF THE LEANDER MC CORMICK OBSERVATORY. STATION MARK IS 37 FEET WEST OF THE WEST EDGE OF THE OBSERVATORY, 33 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER OF THE ROAD, 26 FEET EAST OR THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF A BRICK BUILDING AND 25 FEET EAST OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE SAME BUILDING. THE MARK IS A STANDARD DISK SET IN THE TOP OF A CONCRETE POST, SET 4 INCHES BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND, AND IS STAMPED UNIVERSITY 1965. REFERENCE MARK NO. 1 IS 16 FEET SOUTH OF THE CENTER OF THE DRIVE-WAY AND 12 FEET WEST OF A TELEPHONE POLE. THE MARK IS A STANDARD DISK SET IN THE TOP OF A CONCRETE POST, SET FLUSH, AND IS STAMPED UNIVERSITY NO 1 1965. REFERENCE MARK NO. 2 IS 62 FEET SOUTH OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE BRICK BUILDING AND 13 FEET SOUTH OF THE CENTER OF THE DRIVE-WAY. THE MARK IS A STANDARD DISK SET IN THE TOP OF A CONCRETE POST, PROJECTS 2 INCHES, AND IS STAMPED UNIVERSITY NO 1 1965. NOTE--THE DIRECTION WAS TAKEN TO THE CENTER OF THE POLAR AND DECLINATION AXIS OF THE TELESCOPE. THE DISTANCE IS TO A NAIL SET ON LINE AS REQUESTED BY DR. LAURENCE FREDRICK WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE OBSERVATORY.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in November 1994.
  • The NAVD 88 height was computed by applying the VERTCON shift value to the NGVD 29 height (displayed under SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL.)
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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