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Details for Benchmark: KS1839

N 39° 12.348 W 121° 49.238 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 2119

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

Location:
In SUTTER county, CA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
MARYSVILLE BUTTE
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Working on equipment in the area. This marker's at the top of the Sutter Butte, near one of the towers.
I'll try to add a picture. Unfortunately this is accessible by permission only, but it's got an amazing view!

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"Marysville" (or Sutter) Butte marker

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1876 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
1/1/1925 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1925 ABOUT 15 MILES WEST OF MARYSVILLE, 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF SUTTER, ON SOUTH AND HIGHEST PEAK OF MARYSVILLE BUTTES. THESE BUTTES ARE NOW SOMETIMES KNOWN AS SUTTER BUTTES AND CONSIST OF A CHAIN OF SEVERAL CONICAL PEAKS EXTENDING NORTH AND SOUTH AND RISING ABRUPTLY FROM PLAIN BETWEEN SACRAMENTO AND FEATHER RIVERS. TO REACH FROM SUTTER, GO 5 MILES TO T.J. MOORES RANCH AT FOOT OF BUTTES AND CLIMB STEEP TRAIL ABOUT 2 MILES TO STATION. IN 1876 STATION WAS MARKED BY 1/2-INCH DRILL HOLE, 2 INCHES DEEP IN ROCK CONTAINING WOODEN PEG AND COPPER CARTRIDGE SHELL. REFERENCE MARKS WERE SIMILAR DRILL HOLES IN ROCK AT FOLLOWING DISTANCES AND AZIMUTHS FROM STATION--2.683 METERS (8.8 FEET), 5 DEG 05 MIN. 2.495 METERS (8.19 FEET), 247 DEG 09 MIN. AND 2.92 METERS (9.6 FEET), 102 DEG 52 MIN. IN 1904--STATION WAS RE-MARKED WITH COPPER BOLT AT BOTTOM OF OLD DRILL HOLE AND OLD-TYPE STATION DISK AT SURFACE. REFERENCE MARKS WERE RE-MARKED WITH COPPER BOLTS IN OLD DRILL HOLES. IN 1922 TWO STANDARD REFERENCE DISKS WERE ESTABLISHED IN BEDROCK, 7.96 METERS (26.1 FEET) FROM STATION IN AZIMUTH 94 DEG 52 MIN AND 2.514 METERS (8.25 FEET) FROM STATION IN AZIMUTH 24 DEG 30 MIN. POLE IN CENTER OF CAIRN ON HIGHER POINT OF BUTTE IS ABOUT 60 METERS (197 FEET) FROM STATION IN AZIMUTH 138 DEG 07 MIN.
1/1/1939 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1939 (FGJ) TO REACH MRS. J.T. MOORES RANCH HOUSE FROM SUTTER CITY, FOLLOW THE OILED ROAD (WEST BUTTE ROAD) NORTH AND WEST FROM MAIN CORNER 3.1 MILES, THENCE RIGHT, NORTH, ON OILED ROAD 0.75 MILE, THENCE LEFT ON ORCHARD ROAD AT MAIL BOX, NORTHWEST, 0.6 MILE TO THE RANCH HOUSE. FROM HOUSE FOLLOW NARROW WOOD ROAD THROUGH LOCKED GATE JUST WEST OF HOUSE (KEY AT HOUSE) UP VALLEY 0.4 MILE TO ANOTHER BOARD GATE. TAKE LEFT FORK AND CONTINUE NORTHWEST ON WOOD ROAD 0.25 MILE TO END OF TRUCK TRAVEL AT SMALL SHACK. CONTINUE WEST ON TRAIL 100 YARDS, CROSS DRAW TO LEFT AND FOLLOW PLAIN STOCK TRAIL UP BRANCH DRAW SOUTH TO GATE IN FENCE ON TOP OF RIDGE, THENCE RIGHT ALONG FENCE AND UP RIDGE TO A SMALL SHOULDER AT THE IMMEDIATE SOUTH BASE OF FIRST HIGH ROCKY PEAK. THERE IS A WIRE FENCE AND REMAINS OF OLD STONE FENCE JUST WEST OF THIS FLAT. TURN RIGHT UP FENCE ABOUT 50 YARDS, CROSS OVER TO WEST SIDE AND BEAR LEFT UP VERY STEEP SLOPE. A GOOD TRAIL WILL BE FOUND JUST TO RIGHT OF SMALL ROCK KNOB ON SOUTHWEST SLOPE OF FIRST HIGH PEAK, THENCE FOLLOW PLAIN TRAIL NORTHWEST TO STATION - ABOUT 1-1/2-HOUR PACK AND 1,700-FOOT CLIMB FROM END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. STATION MARK IS OLD STYLE DISK IN ROCK AT SOUTHEAST POINT OF PEAK. ONLY ONE REFERENCE MARK WAS RECOVERED, THE ONE AT AZIMUTH 94 DEG 52 MIN. THE NAME, MARYSVILLE BUTTE, HAD BEEN CHISELED OFF AND RESTAMPED SUTTER BUTTE WITH THE CHISEL BY AN UNKNOWN PERSON. A NEW REFERENCE MARK AND AN AZIMUTH MARK WERE SET. THE NEW REFERENCE MARK IS SET IN BEDROCK WEST-SOUTHWEST OF THE STATION. THE AZIMUTH MARK IS SET IN THE NORTH STEP OF THE LARGE MONUMENT ERECTED IN MEMORY OF GENERAL FREMONT. IT IS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ROAD EN ROUTE TO THE STATION AND ABOUT 1.7 MILES BY ROAD FROM SUTTER CITY.
1/1/1948 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1948 (CTH) STATION WAS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. STATION MARK, REFERENCE MARK 2, AND ONE COPPER BOLT WERE FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. THE AZIMUTH MARK WAS RECOVERED BUT NOT OBSERVED BECAUSE OF ADDITIONAL ELEVATION BEING NECESSARY. A NEW DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS-- STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 15 MILES WNW OF MARYSVILLE, ABOUT 5 MILES NW OF SUTTER, AND ON THE S AND HIGHEST OF THE MARYSVILLE BUTTES. IT IS BETWEEN THE FEATHER RIVER AND THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY. STATION MARK IS AN OLD TYPE DISK SET IN BEDROCK. IT IS UNSTAMPED. REFERENCE MARK 2 IS A BRONZE DISK SET IN A BOULDER ABOUT 3 FEET HIGHER THAN THE STATION. IT IS STAMPED 1876 1922 WITH MARYSVILLE DELETED AND SUTTER STAMPED OVER SAME, BUTTE. THE DRILL HOLE FOR REFERENCE MARK 1 WAS FOUND BADLY CHIPPED. THE MARK HAS BEEN REMOVED. A COPPER BOLT WAS FOUND NE OF THE STATION. IT IS SET IN A LARGE BOULDER AT STATION ELEVATION. THE AZIMUTH MARK IS A BRONZE DISK SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN THE THIRD STEP OF A MONUMENT HONORING MAJOR JOHN C. FREMONT. IT IS ABOUT 2-1/2 MILES NW OF SUTTER ON THE N SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. IT IS STAMPED MARYSVILLE BUTTE 1939. TO REACH FROM THE MAIN INTERSECTION IN THE VILLAGE OF SUTTER, GO N ON BLACK TOP ROAD FOR 1.1 MILES TO ROAD LEFT. TAKE LEFT ROAD 1.45 MILES TO AZIMUTH MARK ON THE RIGHT, CONTINUING 3.15 MILES TO GATE ON RIGHT AND TRACK ROAD N. PASS THROUGH GATE, FOLLOWING TRACK ROAD FOR 1.5 MILES TO OLD FENCE LINE AND END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. PACK LEFT UP RIDGE, FOLLOWING DIM TRAIL TO TOP OF HIGHEST BUTTE AND STATION SITE.
1/1/1951 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1951 (JCE) STATION WAS RECOVERED AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. REFERENCE MARK 1 WAS FOUND TO BE DESTROYED. REFERENCE MARK 2 WAS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN RESTAMPED SUTTERS BUTTE. AZIMUTH MARK WAS FOUND TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION AND THE DIRECTION FROM THE STATION WAS CHECKED IN THE FIELD. THE PUBLISHED DESCRIPTION OF 1939 WAS FOUND TO BE ADEQUATE. TWO OLD STYLE REFERENCE MARKS WERE RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED IN THE 1925 DESCRIPTION. NO REFERENCE AS TO NUMBERS OF THESE MARKS WERE GIVEN, THEY ARE LOCATED AS FOLLOWS--102 DEG 56 MIN IN AZIMUTH AND 2.923 METERS (9.59 FEET). 247 DEG 02 MIN IN AZIMUTH AND 3.113 METERS (10.22 FEET). THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE TO THE STATION AS PUBLISHED IN THE 1939 DATA WAS FOUND TO BE ADEQUATE. HOWEVER, A NEW AND SHORTER ROUTE WAS FOUND AS FOLLOWS-- FROM THE CENTER OF SUTTER CITY AND CROSSROADS, GO N FOR 1.0 MILE TO FORKS, TAKE LEFT FORK AND GO 4.1 MILES TO A GATE ON THE RIGHT, TURN RIGHT AND PASS THROUGH THE GATE FOLLOWING A TRACK ROAD AROUND AN OLD CORRAL AND GO 0.3 MILE TO A GATE. THENCE FOLLOW A TRACK ROAD STRAIGHT AHEAD ACROSS COUNTRY TO AN OLD CORRAL. PASS THROUGH GATE AT THE LEFT AND FOLLOW A TRACK ROAD UP HILL TO END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. THENCE PACK N UP VERY STEEP SLOPE TO HIGHEST POINT AND STATION (ABOUT 1 HOUR PACK).
1/1/1957 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1957 (RLE) THE SUBSTATION MARK, REFERENCE MARK 2, REFERENCE POINTS 1 AND 2, AND THE AZIMUTH MARK WERE RECOVERED AND FOUND TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION. THE SURFACE STATION MARK, REFERENCE MARK 1 AND REFERENCE POINT 3 HAVE ALL BEEN DESTROYED. THE STAMPING MARYSVILLE ON REFERENCE MARK 2 HAS BEEN CHANGED BY SOME UNKNOWN SOURCE AND THE NAME SUTTER HAS BEEN SCRATCHED ON. THE OLD DESCRIPTION IS NOW OBSOLETE AND A NEW DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS-- THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 15 MI. W OF MARYSVILLE, 4 MI. NW OF SUTTER, AND ON THE TOP OF WHAT IS LOCALLY KNOWN AS SOUTH SUTTER BUTTE. IT IS ABOUT 200 FT. SE OF HIGHEST POINT OF A HILL. THE STATION MARK IS A COPPER BOLT, CEMENTED INTO A DRILL HOLE IN A DEPRESSION IN BEDROCK. THE CENTER HAS BEEN MARKED WITH A CENTER PUNCH. REFERENCE MARK 2, A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED SUTTER BUTTE 1876 1922, IS SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK THAT PROJECTS ABOUT 26 IN. ABOVE THE GROUND. IT IS ABOUT 30 IN. HIGHER THAN THE STATION MARK (NOTE 12A). REFERENCE POINT 1 IS A COPPER BOLT, CEMENTED INTO A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK THAT PROJECTS 18 IN. ON THE S AND 3 FT. ON THE N SIDE. REFERENCE POINT 2 IS A COPPER BOLT, CEMENTED INTO A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK THAT PROJECTS 2 FT. ABOVE THE GROUND. IT IS 3 FT. HIGHER THAN THE STATION. THE AZIMUTH MARK, A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED MARYSVILLE BUTTE 1876 1922, IS SET IN THE TOP STEP ON THE N SIDE OF A LARGE MONUMENT ERECTED IN MEMORY OF GENERAL FREMONT. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE MAIN INTERSECTION (SOUTH BUTTE ROAD AND ACACIA AVENUE) IN SUTTER, GO N ON ACACIA AVENUE AND ITS CONTINUANCE W FOR 2.5 MI. TO THE AZIMUTH MARK ON THE RIGHT (N) SIDE OF THE ROAD. CONTINUE AHEAD (W) AND GO 0.5 MI. TO A PAVED ROAD RIGHT. TURN RIGHT (N) AND GO 0.75 MI. TO A SIDE ROAD RIGHT. TURN LEFT (W) AND GO 0.6 MI. TO THE ROADS END AT MRS. MOORES RANCHHOUSE. (IT IS BEST TO STOP AND ACQUIRE PERMISSION TO TRAVEL TO THE STATION.) PASS THROUGH THE GATE TO THE LEFT OF THE RANCHHOUSE AND FOLLOW AN OLD TRACK ROAD FOR 0.25 MI. TO A GATE. PASS THROUGH THE GATE AND GO 0.15 MI. TO A GATE. PASS THROUGH THE GATE AND GO ABOUT 200 YD. TO WHERE THE ROAD CROSSES A DRY WASH AND THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL WITH A 2-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE. PACK W UP THE OLD ROAD TO A FENCE LINE, THENCE W ALONG THE RIDGE TO A PROMINENT SADDLE. FROM THIS POINT THE STATION LIES IN THE BACK OF THE VISIBLE ROCKY KNOB. PACK UP AND AROUND THE BASE OF THE ROCKY KNOB, THENCE UP TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND THE STATION. THIS IS ABOUT A 2-HOUR PACK. OBSERVATIONS WERE TAKEN FROM A 4-FT. TRIPOD.
1/1/1961 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1961 (JCC) STATION RECOVERED AND FOUND AS DESCRIBED BY C.T.H. IN 1948 WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION. THE OLD STYLE DISK SET ABOVE THE COPPER BOLT STATION WAS NOT FOUND. ALL OTHER MARKS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION. NO CHANGES WERE MADE. THE 1948 DESCRIPTION IS ADEQUATE. THE STATION WAS NOT OCCUPIED BY AN OBSERVING PARTY IN 1961 AND USED FOR CHECK ANGLE PURPOSES ONLY.
1/1/1963 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1963 (LGB) THE STATION MARK, REFERENCE MARK 2, REFERENCE POINTS 1, 2 AND THE AZIMUTH MARK WERE RECOVERED AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. THE DISTANCES AND DIRECTIONS TO THE REFERENCE MARK AND THE REFERENCE POINTS CHECKED. THE STAMPING MARYSVILLE ON REFERENCE MARK 2 HAS BEEN CHANGED BY SOME UNKNOWN SOURCE AND THE NAME SUTTER HAS BEEN SCRATCHED ON. THERE WAS A DISCREPANCY NOTED IN THE STAMPING AND THE DIRECTION TO THE AZIMUTH MARK. THE CURRENT OBSERVATIONS WERE VERIFIED. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE INDICATING LOCAL DISPLACEMENT OF ANY OF THE MARKS. A NEW DESCRIPTION WITH ADDITIONS AND CORRECTION IS AS FOLLOWS. THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 15 MILES WEST OF MARYSVILLE, 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF SUTTER AND ON THE TOP OF WHAT IS LOCALLY KNOWN AS SOUTH SUTTER BUTTE. IT IS ABOUT 200 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE HILL. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE MAIN INTERSECTION (SOUTH BUTTE ROAD AND ACACIA AVENUE) IN SUTTER, GO NORTH ON ACACIA AVENUE FOR 2.5 MILES TO THE AZIMUTH MARK ON THE RIGHT. CONTINUE AHEAD WEST ON ACACIA AVENUE FOR 0.5 MILE TO A SIDE ROAD RIGHT. CONTINUE AHEAD WEST ON ACACIA AVENUE FOR 2.1 MILES TO A CONCRETE CULVERT AND END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. FROM THIS POINT PACK NORTHERLY FOLLOWING TRAIL UP STEEP HILL TO A PROMINENT SADDLE. FROM THIS POINT BARE LEFT, WEST UP STEEP HILL TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND THE STATION. NOTE--THIS IS ABOUT A 1-1/2 HOUR PACK. THE STATION MARK IS A COPPER BOLT, CEMENTED INTO A DRILL HOLE IN A DEPRESSION IN BEDROCK AND IT IS 4 INCHES BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND. THE CENTER HAS BEEN MARKED WITH A CENTER PUNCH. REFERENCE MARK 2, IS A STANDARD DISK STAMPED SUTTER BUTTE 1876 1922, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK PROJECTING 26 INCHES ABOVE THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND. IT IS ABOUT 30 INCHES HIGHER THAN THE STATION. REFERENCE POINT 1 IS A COPPER BOLT, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK PROJECTING 18 INCHES ON THE SOUTH AND 3 FEET ON THE NORTH. THE CENTER HAS BEEN MARKED WITH A CENTER PUNCH. REFERENCE POINT 2 IS A COPPER BOLT, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING PROJECTING 2 FEET ABOVE THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND AND IT IS 3 FEET LOWER THAN THE STATION. THE CENTER HAS BEEN MARKED WITH A CENTER PUNCH. THE AZIMUTH MARK, IS A STANDARD DISK STAMPED MARYSVILLE BUTTE 1939, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN THE TOP STEP ON THE NORTH SIDE OF A LARGE MONUMENT ERECTED IN THE MEMORY OF GENERAL FREMONT. NOTE--OBSERVATIONS WERE MADE FROM A 4 FOOT STAND.
1/1/1972 by CADH (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY CA DIV OF HIGHWAYS 1972 THE STATION MARK, AZIMUTH MARK, REFERENCE MARK 2 AND REFERENCE POINTS 1 AND 2 WERE RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AND THE DISTANCES AND DIRECTIONS TO REFERENCE MARK 2 AND REFERENCE POINTS 1 AND 2 AND THE DIRECTION TO THE AZIMUTH MARK MEASURED ON THIS DATE AGREED WITH THE PREVIOUS MEASUREMENTS. THE 1957 DESCRIPTION IS ADEQUATE WITH THE FOLLOWING CORRECTIONS AND ADDITION-- THE AZIMUTH MARK IS STAMPED MARYSVILLE BUTTE 1939. REFERENCE POINT 2 IS ABOUT THE SAME ELEVATION AS THE STATION MARK. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE INTERSECTION OF SOUTH BUTTE ROAD AND ACACIA AVENUE IN SUTTER GO NORTH ON ACACIA ROAD 1.2 MILE TO A FORK. TAKE THE LEFT FORK AND GO NORTHWEST ON PASS ROAD 1.4 MILE TO A HISTORICAL MONUMENT AND THE AZIMUTH MARK ON THE RIGHT. CONTINUE WEST ON THE ROAD 1.9 MILE TO A GATE ON THE RIGHT. TURN RIGHT, PASS THROUGH THE GATE, AND USING A 4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE GO NORTHWEST ON A STEEP, PAVED THEN GRADED ROAD 2.6 MILES TO A TURN-AROUND AT THE END OF THE ROAD. PACK NORTH ON A STEEP, ROCKY SLOPE 1/10 MILE TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND THE STATION SITE. PACKING TIME--ABOUT 10 MINUTES. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--4 MILES NW OF SUTTER
1/1/1973 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1973 (MLS) FOUND AS DESCRIBED BY D. R. GOODMAN IN 1972 IN GOOD CONDITION. HEIGHT OF LIGHT ABOVE STATION MARK 5.08 FEET. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN 4.0 MILES NORTHWEST OF SUTTER.
1/1/1975 by CADT (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY CALTRANS 1975 (DRG) THE STATION AND RM 2 WERE FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED BY RLE IN 1962 AND CDH IN 1972. THE AZ MK DISK HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE HISTORICAL MONUMENT STEP. THE ROAD HAS BEEN EXTENDED AND A NEW RADIO FACILITY HAS BEEN BUILT, ALSO ANOTHER ELECTRIC TRAM HAS BEEN BUILT. A NEW---TO REACH---FOLLOWS. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE INTERSECTION OF SOUTH BUTTE ROAD AND ACCACIA AVENUE IN SUTTER, GO NORTH ON ACCACIA AVENUE 1.2 MILES TO A FORK, TURN LEFT ON PASS ROAD AND GO WESTERLY 3.3 MILES TO A LOCKED GATE ON RIGHT, TURN RIGHT THROUGH GATE AND FOLLOWED PAVED NARROW STEEP ROAD 2.7 MILES TO END OF TRUCK TRAVEL AND ELECTRIC TRAM. EQUIPMENT CAN BE LOADED ON TRAM. PACK AROUND SLOPE TO HIGHEST POINT AND STATION KEYS TO GATE AND TRAM MUST BE OBTAINED FROM BUTTE CREEK FARMS IN COLUSA.

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  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in March 1994. The horizontal coordinates are valid at the epoch date displayed above. The epoch date for horizontal control is a decimal equivalence of Year/Month/Day.
  • 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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