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Details for Benchmark: JC1594

N 38° 40.228 W 090° 12.511 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 607

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

Location:
In C OF ST LOUIS county, MO View Original Datasheet
Designation:
ST LOUIS STANDPIPE
Marker Type:
standpipe tank
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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One of many benchmarks spotted by our squad on our roadtrip this weekend from Indiana to Kansas and back.

Found while on vacation and looking for a cache.

With respect to previous loggers, I believe that unless you have ventured to the top to verify the existence of the "nail in plank," you can not confirm finding this mark.

Unlike most towers (church spires, broadcast masts, etc.), the mark here is not the top of the tower as sighted from below — the classic intersection station. Rather, it seems to me, it is a point on the top of the standpipe, 180 feet up, which would have to be occupied by surveying equipment for proper use, rather than being observed from a distance.

I frankly have grave doubts that a nail in a wooden plank has survived almost 140 St Louis summers and winters and is still there.

Thanks to Happycycler for the historical information in his log. This is a great piece of infrastructure architecture.

[Photos:]
photoST LOUIS STANDPIPE (JC1594), Saint Louis, MO
Photographed from the corner of Blair and North Grand, two blocks to the northeast.

We live nearby and pass this at least three times a week. It's nice to know that it is a benchmark! It is lighted at night and looks quite impressive.

.The standpipe is still there but I cannot be positive about the nail in plank nailed to timbers which are framed in brick masonry at top of standpipe. Or the four arrows pointing toward station sed to be cut in top of iron cap of standpipe. I think the city will get a little upset if I went up there to find out.

[Photos:]
photoIMGP3266
photoIMGP3267

In deference to ArtMan, changing log to DNF.

It is still there. St. Louis has some strange looking towers.

This entry was edited by spitoony on Thursday, 21 October 2010 at 18:45:09.

It's a really big tower in the middle of the road.

I have driven by this benchmark many times and didn't realize it was a benchmark. Usually we were travelling downtown and road construction on 70 would force us to take an alternate route. Very glad to know this is a benchmark. Thanks to GEO*Trailblazer1 for the education about where/what to look for to spot these types of benchmarks.

I photographed this water tower / standpipe today. I could see it from several spots along the St. Louis Riverfront bicycle trail. It is in good shape but could use a coat of paint. An average of 4 handheld recreational GPS readings came very near the published location.
QUOTE Described as the only perfect Corinthian column of its size in the world, the Grand (Old White) Water Tower on 20th St and East Grand Ave. was built during the waterworks expansion led by Thomas J. Whitman (brother of poet Walt Whitman) in the years following the Civil War.
The 154-foot tower, designed by architect George I. Barnett, was completed in 1871 at a cost of $45,000. UNQUOTE
Please see:
http://www.stlwater.com/towers.html for more info.

[Photos:]
photoJC1594 (ST LOUIS STANDPIPE) in St. Louis, MO
photoJC1594 (ST LOUIS, MO STANDPIPE)
photo taken near the base
photolooking west at JC1594 (ST LOUIS, MO STANDPIPE)
photolooking Northwest at JC1594 (ST LOUIS, MO STANDPIPE)
photoJC1594 and Bissel (New Red) tower
JC1594 is near center of photo Bissel tower is to the right of the photo.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1871 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1871 (CHB) ON TOP OF CAP OF STANDPIPE, 180 FEET HIGH, AT CORNER OF GRAND AVENUE AND FOURTEENTH STREET, ST. LOUIS. MARKED BY NAIL IN PLANK NAILED TO TIMBERS WHICH ARE FRAMED IN BRICK MASONRY AT TOP OF STANDPIPE. FOUR ARROWS POINTING TOWARD STATION ARE CUT IN TOP OF IRON CAP OF STANDPIPE.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in February 2000.
  • 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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