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Details for Benchmark: HY2339

N 38° 44.060 W 083° 00.160 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

In SCIOTO county, OH View Original Datasheet
Marker Type:
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Observed while traveling and caching through the area.

photoNW @ BM #HY2339

Found with CarlottaP

Oaknest and I spotted the church steeple and gable while caching in the area.

photochurch steeple / gable

Discovered with FlCrafters, MissBehavin', lmw93, inxtricablfate, and sanferic on a weekend adventure up to Geowoodstock .

photoPortsmouth German Cath W Gable
photoPortsmouth German Cath W Gable (Close-Up)
photoPortsmouth German Cath W Gable (Close-Up)

Still there and still looking good.


Saw that this was near by as we visited the Floodwall Murals.

In the distance

Went out on a 21 hour Ohio county run with gmarkusic, Stachey Pete, and CarpenterLuvaKatCrew. We had lots of fun and all tried to fill in the county grid to meet caching challenges.
Thanks for the fun.
Signed the log as Team Sidetrek

Was out getting counties, had to get a benchmark or 2.

Spotted this one while driving in from the west.

It really stands above the rest of the area

Spotted this one while caching in the area!

Located and photoed

photoHY2339 Portsmouth, OH
church steeple

What a beautiful church


What a beautiful church.

Found this while traveling through the area with Dame Deco, RN escape, Ohmom50, Curious George and Clint5566.

I am drawn to churches, so it being a benchmark is a bonus.
Catching up on logs, fixing to correct date.

phototop with clock
photoGable and cross

Such a beautiful church, seen from a distance, knew had to be a mark . Thanks.


Found in good condition

photoHY2339 Gable

I am the amateur radio communicator for the bicycle Tour of the Scioto River Valley, TOSRV. I have ridden past this annually for 20 years.


found it


On a road trip from So.Cal. to Ohio and back, doing some Geocaching and Benchmarking along the way. This stop was especially nice for me as this is the town that my father was born in way back in 1918.
The church is still here, still in good shape and probably will be for a very long time. My only addition to the description is that it is located at the interesection of 5th and Market Streets.

Tigger 2

photoTigger with the Church Spire.
photoWide shot of the church.

This is definitely one of the most interesting "benchmarks" I've seen. The Portsmouth area is truly rich in historical structures.

Original cathedral is still there. Steeple also appears to be original, however I highly doubt that the existing spire & cross are 120+ yrs. old. Never the less, I believe the "gable" noted is one of the steeple gables. I didn't see any other 'remarkable' gables on the cathedral.

This is most likely the oldest 'original' surveyor's reference mark I can remember seeing. I've found 1885 re-sets, but not originals.

Coords across the street to the west are: 38.44.063, 83.00.175, Elev. 538

Hallelujah, and pass the Tylenol!


Catholic church is still there.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1885 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in April 1998.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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