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Details for Benchmark: JW1239

N 39° 47.144 W 079° 10.605 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 3205

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

Location:
In SOMERSET county, PA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
FORBES
Marker Type:
survey disk
Setting:
in a boulder
Stability:

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Found while exploring the area.

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Found w terryn4iy while highpointing and geocaching

Found all of these with sjfink, RyanXY, and HayBeth while visiting Mount Davis.

Photo taken while geocaching nearby.

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Bench mark is in good shape

Took a bit of searching, but we were able to make the find on this, too.

Found with StSquirrel on our epic Giga roadtrip. Took a few minutes longer than it should have.

found this one while doing a cache in area

found two more here.

found withk impossible while caching on 12/5/2013. I didn't know how to log these back then

Good to see that this one is in such fine shape. Finding these atop Mount Davis was as fun as the caches!

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photoForbes station marker

Out geocaching. Found this one and the nearby beaten up one. I think this one bein off the path has saved it.

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Found while geocaching

Found in good condition

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photoJW1239

Found while geocaching in the area

Recovered in good condition 94 feet south of USGS disk JW1240, along with FORBES RM 1 & FORBES RM 2.

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photoFORBES (JW1239) disk - Mt Davis, PA
photoFORBES (JW1239) area - looking N
photoFORBES (JW1239) RM 1 disk - Mt Davis, PA
N 39° 47.148, W 079° 10.595
photoFORBES (JW1239) RM 1 area - looking WNW
..toward RM 2
photoFORBES (JW1239) RM 2 disk - Mt Davis, PA
N 39° 47.152, W 079° 10.606
photoFORBES (JW1239) RM 2 setting - looking SW
photoFORBES (JW1239) RM 1 area - looking S

We had to get a cache to keep our "at least one cache per day for a year" streak going ( Woot! 124 and counting, now officially one third of the way done- still a looooong way to go though... ). We are trying to leave as many nearby hides alone as we can for when winter weather hits. We are going out to western MD today to get half of the Jasmer squares that we have left to find to complete the challenge. We are also getting all the county and Delorme squares in this part of the state. We started off the trip with a FTF close to home- Woohoo. We then drove over from Frederick on a cold, windy day. Stopped at Top O' PA for a Jasmer, and then drove found this benchmark. Always a bonus to find a benchmark near a cache.

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photoThe disk

did a rubbing at the high point

Got it today while visiting the high point. My first benchmark in PA.

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photoOn a rock

Found with Sequoia.

Thanks for the ?? and HAPPY BENCHMARKING!

This was found while visiting the highest point in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Found it 4/28/12 6:25p. Also located the AZ Mark. Skyboy01

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photoFORBES
JW1239 FORBES. Skyboy01

Found while enjoying the area with the family, great place!

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photoJW1239

Found while caching at Mt. Davis with the family, sis will post pics.

Found while caching with the kids, Paul Sr.

Nice day to be out and about. TFTBM

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photoFound It...

Found it

Found in good condition.

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photoForbes

Found it with Dukemartin.

Found station in good condition using handheld GPSr at N39 47.144 W079 10.606 with 22' accuracy. Found RM2 in good conditon at N39 47.150 W079 10.607 with 30' accuracy. Found RM1 in good condition at N39 47.150 W079 10.596 with 23' accuracy.

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photoStation location
photoCloseup
photoRef #2 location
photoCloseup
photoRef #1 Location
photoCloseup

Found it on the boulder.It's been hammered around and is in poor condition.

Found it today while up onto of Mt Davis.

I wasn't looking for it yet! I looked for a place to sit and there it was.

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photoIMG_0066

Beat up but it's there

found it

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photoJW1239

Appears that this is the highest BM in PA!

Found it while visiting the peak doing some caches. Shame people are trying to beat this thing up! Geez...

Found it with Seekers Four--hangin' in there.

Found while in the area with the dvrocksgps08 crew. This one has seen its' better days!

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photoJW1239 - a profile of damage

9:15am This marker is slowly being destroyed. Found it in bad condition.

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photopennsylvania trip 085
photopennsylvania trip 086

its there,i talked the the district forester and he said they were planing on replacing it

Our first highest point...West Virginia's next.

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photoBenchmark

weekend SHP trip

Highpointed Mt. Davis

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Found as described.

Found this when I was caching on Mt. Davis.

Found this benchmark along with reference markers 1 and 2.
Also found JW1240, the highest benchmark in PA!

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photoFORBES
photoFORBES RM1
photoFORBES RM2
photo"Rupert" found the FORBES benchmark, too!!!

good condition and intact.

[This entry was edited by Northstar and Gemini on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 4:13:05 PM.]

In excellent condition, as are reference markers.

This station and it's RMs are in excellent condition, certainly much better than the nearby mark at the summit. All three marks were easily located by using the 'box score' info and pacing off the distances with the aid of a compass.

Greetings Geocachers/Benchmarkers,

We found this benchmark disk with no difficulty as described and pictured by others. It’s exactly where it’s supposed to be, at Mt. Davis. Recovered RM1 and RM2 as well. My appreciation to friends for assistance in recovering these benchmarks. Coordinates and directions and data are adequate for recovery.

Happy Benchmarking,
Ghosthunter
Gettysburg, PA

Found all four of the areas benchmarks.

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photoFORBES
photoFORBES 1
photoFORBES 2
photo3213 RESET 1952

Still there, relatively unscathed compared to JW1240.

Reference Mark 2 found in good condition and as described. Reference Mark 1 was not searched for.

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photoJW1239, Ref Mark #2, Mt. Davis, PA, in context
photoJW1239, Ref Mark #2, Mt. Davis, PA
The GPS in the frame indicates that this disk is directly south of the Mt. Davis highpoint station JW1240.

first bench mark find! after top o' pa geocache. what a cool place, view was wonderful! julia51:)

N 35° 47.153 W 079° 10.595

Last year we found the benchmark on top of the large rock right near the tower. This year we found Forbes1, not too far from the observation tower, near the exibits. We also saw the pipe referenced in the description, next year we will look for forbes 2.

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photoForbes 1 w/GPS

I noticed the one near the observation point and I snapped a picture of it. Looks like there are acutally 3 benchmarks here. We just found the one. We were up there looking for the Top O' PA Cache. It really is a great place to visit.

[last edit: 10/20/2002 5:57:01 PM PST]

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photo1952 Disk

The benchmark is still in tact, however it is damaged. It looks like people have
been beating on it to try and take it out! If your not familiar with the area, it's
worth the search to see the view from the tower!

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1975 by NGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1975 (JRS) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MEYERSDALE, 6-1/2 MILES NORTH OF GRANTSVILLE, MARYLAND, 5-1/2 MILES NORTHWEST OF SALISBURY, ON ABOUT THE HIGHEST POINT OF MT DAVIS, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST POINT IN PENNSYLVANIA, AND ON PROPERTY OWNED BY PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTS AND PARKS. PERMISSION WAS GIVEN BY ROBERT ACHE, DISTRICT SUPERVISOR, LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA, TELEPHONE 412 238-9533. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE JUNCTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 219 AND STATE HIGHWAY 669 IN SALISBURY, GO WEST ON HIGHWAY 669 FOR 0.7 MILE TO A T-ROAD WHERE HIGHWAY 669 TURNS LEFT. TURN RIGHT AND GO NORTH AND NORTHWEST ON A PAVED ROAD FOR 1.7 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD LEFT AT THE VILLAGE OF SAINT PAUL. TURN LEFT AND GO WESTERLY ON A PAVED ROAD FOR 4.0 MILES TO THE SALISBURY ATT MICROWAVE AND NORTH WOLF ROCK ROAD ON THE RIGHT. CONTINUE WESTERLY FOR 0.4 MILE TO A SIDE ROAD LEFT, SOUTH WOLF ROCK ROAD. TURN LEFT AND GO SOUTHERLY ON PAVED ROAD FOR 0.6 MILE TO A FORK. KEEP LEFT AND GO EASTERLY ON A PAVED ROAD FOR 0.2 MILE TO A FORK, WHICH FORMS A CIRCLE DRIVE AROUND AN OBSERVATION TOWER. KEEP RIGHT FOR 150 FEET TO THE STATION ON THE LEFT. STATION MARK IS A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED---FORBES 1975---, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN A 5 BY 8 FOOT BOULDER, THAT PROJECTS 18 INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND. IT IS 61.0 FEET SOUTH OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF A FOUNDATION, 47.0 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER OF THE CIRCULAR DRIVE AND 28.5 FEET SOUTH OF A WELL PIPE. REFERENCE MARK 1 IS A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED---FORBES NO 1 1975---, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN THE SOUTH EDGE OF A 6 BY 10 FOOT BOULDER, THAT PROJECTS 6 INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND. IT IS 63.0 FEET WEST OF THE CENTER OF THE CIRCULAR DRIVE, 31.5 FEET EAST OF THE WELL PIPE, 22.0 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE FOUNDATION AND ABOUT 1 FOOT HIGHER THAN THE STATION. REFERENCE MARK 2 IS A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED---FORBES NO 2 1975---, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN THE WEST EDGE OF A 6 BY 20 FOOT BOULDER, THAT PROJECTS 4 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. IT IS 35.0 FEET WEST OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE FOUNDATION, 28.0 FEET NORTHWEST OF THE WELL PIPE AND ABOUT 5 FEET HIGHER THAN THE STATION. 3213 RESET USGS 1975 IS A BRONZE TRIANGULATION STATION DISK OF THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, STAMPED---3213 RESET 1952---, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN A LARGE POINTED BOULDER, THAT PROJECTS 8 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. IT IS 72.5 FEET NORTHWEST OF THE WELL PIPE, 65.0 FEET NORTHWEST OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE FOUNDATION, 49.8 FEET EAST OF THE SOUTHEAST LEG OF THE OBSERVATION TOWER AND ABOUT 6 FEET HIGHER THAN THE STATION. THERE WAS NO SUITABLE LOCATION FOR AN AZIMUTH MARK. HEIGHT OF LIGHT ABOVE MARK 22.6 METERS.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in April 1998.
  • 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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