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Details for Benchmark: KV3829

N 40° 20.164 W 075° 54.339 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In BERKS county, PA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
MT PENN PAGODA
Marker Type:
finial
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Very interesting place! Stopped here with sis (who log this benchmark last in 2015) on our way home from rickets Glen.

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photoPogoda

We have seen this many times and visited it.

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photoPagoda

Blugoose and I were up in the area today to do some caching. In the past I had visited this spot to grab a cache and check out the cool Pagoda. At the time, I did not know it was a Benchmark.

This evening we wound our way up to check out the views and snap a couple of pictures. We not only spied the Finial, but the gold dragon on top as well.

Wow, was this place hopping tonight! Unfortunately, it seems they only offer the tour on Sat and Sun from Noon – 4 o’clock. That means I’ll be back!

On the way home a couple of hours later, we saw the Pagoda all lit up in red. What a beautiful sight!

Planned on driving up with the family to visit the pagoda only to have all roads blocked for a hill climb event. Did get a photo from the bottom of the hill, though..

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photoMT PENN PAGODA (KV3829) area - looking E

We've seen this many times, but until today, didn't realize it was a benchmark. Saw it today while caching in the area. We were too far for a decent pix.

This has been an icon of Reading for over 100 years. So glad it has not met its demise like so many other truly unique structures that used to be in the county.

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photoPagoda KV3829

Living so close to Reading - always passing this benchmark.

We have seen this many times and finally took the time to drive up here. Great view and the pagoda is wtrth the buck it cost to climb to the top. Nice reading the old postcards and the history of the place. Kudos to the folks that maintain it, it is in great condition.

Found as described. Been here often. Always love the view.

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photoKV3829 MT PENN PAGODA
Love the view from here.
photoKV3829

saw this one while delivering in the area

Been here a couple times

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photoSkelmer Travel Bug at Pagoda

Have visited this landmark dozens of times over the years.

Caching around here today.

N 40° 20.163 W 075° 54.341

Restored in 1992. Recovered in good condition.
Coordinate taken from 6th floor.

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photoKV3829
Reading Pagoda

Logged a FTF at These are a few of my favorite things. Hadn't been up here in too long of a time and enjoyed the visit.

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photoA different prospective of the Pagoda
Taken in the rain from the trail below.

Been coming here since the 50's. It looks like new since the restoration work.

grew up in Rdg and this Pagoda has been with me all along

Saw this one while doing the Birthday cache.

Decided to do a few benchmarks and geos today.
Nice place to visit.

This has been a landmark for a long time. The was a time when it was the place to go for fine dining.

Visited while business/pleasure trip to PA

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photoReading Pagoda

I've been coming to this benchmark since I was little when my father would race in an SCCA-sanctioned hillclimb.

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photoThe pagoda on a beautiful December day

While we can see the Pagoda every night from across the Reading valley, I finally got my first close up look at it while caching in the area.

The Pagoda. Always a favorite location to view the city from. Beautiful fall morning with the leaves changing for fall.

Last Benchmark for today. Getting late. This is a cool place to visit. And everytime I go up to the pagoda I see different things. I really never notice the finial atop the Pagoda before. Cool.
downloaded a pic from the internet...nice.

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photopagoda.jpg

we were standing next to the pagoda when the lights came on. it seems so far away looking at it from our house

I have lived here for 14 years and I never noticed the finial on the Pagoda. Nice!

Excellent structure with a terrific view visited on a lovely day.

Unfortunately, the building was not open; other visitors said it was supposed to be accessible on Sunday afternoons. Oh well.

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photoMT PENN PAGODA (KV3829), Reading, PA
photoDoorway, MT PENN PAGODA (KV3829), Reading, PA
photoDuryea sign, MT PENN PAGODA (KV3829), Reading, PA
Plaque located adjacent to the Pagoda. It's hard to read in this photo. It says "DURYEA DRIVE / READING PENNSYLVANIA HONORS CHARLES E. DURYEA / INVENTOR AND BUILDER OF AMERICA'S FIRST GASOLINE AUTOMOBILE 1892 IN SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS / THE DURYEA AUTOMOBILES WHICH WERE MANUFACTURED IN READING 1900-1911 CLIMBED MOUNT PENN IN HIGH GEAR OVER THIS DRIVE / 29 THIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF BERKS COUNTY 1942" Personal note: This is a very steep road, and I drove up it mainly in 2nd gear.

Nice views.

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photopagoda

thanks for the help polgara

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Found this one while cruising around Mt Penn today. Lil pagoda lives on!

Found it today! Went up Duryea Drive and stopped at the top to see the top! Yup, still there! I used the lion, which is just down the roof a little, for a reverse locationless cache.

Was in that area today hunting down a local cache. Didn't find the cache site yet, but I figured I'd log this benchmark and the fire tower to make it a productive day.

Found this unique Benchmark while in the area for a volleyball tournament, also did the geocache while here. Still in excellent condition.

HAKenders.......Butch & Fay

[This entry was edited by HAKenders on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 4:17:03 PM.]

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photoPagoda - Finial
photoPagoda

In very good condition. Note the fancy finial on top.

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photoThe Pagoda

We were passing by looking for caches and decided to take a picture of this benchmark and log it in. For anyone who has never been here, there are some really nice views up in this neck of the woods.

We were here a few times before, but never knew it was a benchmark. The view of Reading is superb from the top of the Pagoda.

Came up here as a followup to the SHogun VIrtual CAche in Reading. Pagoda is still in place, despite the cold and rain.

Have been in the Pagoda many, many times. Now I hike to it about once a week from Reading's City Park. It's a good hike if you climb on the trails straight up the fallline of the mountain instead of using the more commonly known Duryea Drive. Walking up the final six or so floors to the top of the Pagoda is well worth it! Plus, there's a nice art gallery and souvenir shop inside. -Schneeberg Wasserman

We logged this benchmark while doing a maintenance visit to our [url=http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.asp?ID=8731[/url] [b]Mount Penn Tower[/b] cache in the Mount Penn Reserve. The Pagoda is a Reading, PA, landmark, easily seen from many areas of the city. You can read more about the Pagoda and the history of Mount Penn by following the links in the cache description.

< Gary and Oreo // Team Grayrun >

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photoThe Pagoda
View from the north
photoDuryea Plaque
Reading had a role in the early history of the automobile in the U.S.

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1942 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (PLB) THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS THE LARGE REPLICA OF AN ORIENTAL PAGODA LOCATED ON THE SOUTHERN END OF MT. PENN WHICH IS PART OF THE READING PARK SYSTEM. POINT OBSERVED ON WAS THE FINIAL.
1/1/1978 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1978 (RPD) STATION FOUND AS DESCRIBED AND IN GOOD CONDITION.
1/1/1983 by BSA (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA 1983 (DD) STILL STANDING.
1/1/1987 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1987 (IEE) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
1/1/1989 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1989 (IEE) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
10/14/1999 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1999 RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in July 1986.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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