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Details for Benchmark: KV3830

N 40° 20.825 W 075° 54.149 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1119

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

Location:
In BERKS county, PA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
MT PENN
Marker Type:
triangulation station disk
Setting:
set into the top of a round concrete monument
Stability:

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Recovered in good condition - about 1' S of the bumper of a trailer parked in the grass for tomorrow's Duryea Hillclimb - searched for the RMs briefly (even had help looking for RM 1 from one of the people camped out at the tower) but did not dig after getting a hit for #1 with the metal detector due to all the activity in the area..

[Photos:]
photoMT PENN (KV3830) disk - Reading, PA
photoMT PENN (KV3830) RM 1 area - looking NE
..should be at N 40° 20.822 W 075° 54.138
photoMT PENN (KV3830) RM 2 area - looking W
..should be at N 40° 20.805 W 075° 54.158 - could the round slab be the fountain base?
photoMT PENN (KV3830) RM 2 area - looking S

I have been here many times before. Mostly Easter morning.

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photoKV3830
Mt Penn next to Fire Tower

Easy to find in the grass

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photoclose up view of benchmark
photopointed to KV3830 and KV3831, tower

Found it with the TCW crew while looking for a geocache.

Found with the help of geojo1 while at the tower for the fall migration.

[Photos:]
photoKV3830
photoThe tower form the benchmark location.

I visited the Fire Tower last year during the Duryea Hill Climb and never knew this one was here. Took a year to come back during this years Duryea Hill Climb. It rained last year and again this year. The disk is still there and in fine shape.

[Photos:]
photoKV3830 Disk
photoKV3820 area
Located in the grass with the tower in the distance.

Found this one...thought I needed to be in the fenced in area...but no its right out in the open...needed an umbrella ...first time in weeks!!!!

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photophoto

Found it after expanding the search and looking in the grass instead of the asphalt.

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photoKV3830 MT PENN
photoKV3830
in the grass near tower base

saw this last night listening to Charlie Adams ghost stories

Nice Fall morning on Mt. Penn. Marker is perfectly visible in the grass.

You never know where one will be.

Found as described.

Did not find either Reference Mark.

RM1 is probably still there under grass, mulch, leaf litter, or whatever.

RM2 may be destroyed. It is described as being set in the concrete base of a drinking fountain near the hotel. The hotel is long gone, as noted in the 1960 recovery report, which says a rec building is in its place. That building, too, is gone. A concrete foundation or porch remains, but I saw no sign of a fountain nor its base.

[Photos:]
photoCloseup, MT PENN (KV3830), Reading, PA
photoArea view, MT PENN (KV3830), Reading, PA
Location of mark in grass highlighted by yellow box. The stone structure in the distance is MT PENN LOOKOUT TOWER (KV3831).

Never get tired of the view.........

Was up there today for the music. Love the view.

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phototower benchmark
phototower

Did this benchmark along with the lookout tower. Harry... KA3YAH

Greetings!

Stood 2' away while attending Easter dawn service.

Sincerely,
PULASKI, MRS PULASKI, TULIP, PIGLET

It was a cold and dreay day, with the bushes covered in Ice! And I drove all the way up here and almost didn't find it! The grass, also covered in ice, was long, add the leaves I almost didn't find it! Oh, yea, my gps said over 300 ft. to the benchmark. I knew that was wrong but I followed it anyway, just to see where it wanted me to go! It just wanted me to turn around and walk back! I then came close enough to see a square section of leaves! Yup, it's a benchmark! So if you hurry, I uncovered it!

It's in very good condition and near the tower.

[Photos:]
photoThe marker from a distance
It is just below the whisk broom in the lower front of the photo. The building in the background is the tower.
photoa close-up of the stone and marker

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1942 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (PLB) STATION IS LOCATED ON THE HIGHEST PART OF MOUNT PENN, 69 FEET E OF A LARGE STONE OBSERVATION TOWER. TOWER AND STATION ARE LOCATED ON THE CITY PARK SYSTEM. MARK IS STAMPED MT. PENN 1942 AND IS SET FLUSH WITH THE GROUND. SURFACE AND REFERENCE MARK NO. 1 ARE STANDARD BRONZE DISKS SET IN CONCRETE, AS DESCRIBED. UNDERGROUND MARK IS A STANDARD BRONZE DISK WEDGED IN A DRILL HOLE IN BEDROCK. REFERENCE MARK NO. 1 IS 1 FOOT E OF THE E EDGE OF THE DRIVE ON THE E SIDE OF THE TOWER AND 22 PACES SE OF THE SE CORNER OF THE OBSERVATION TOWER. MARK IS STAMPED MT. PENN NO. 1 1942, AND IS SET FLUSH WITH THE GROUND. REFERENCE MARK NO. 2 IS A STANDARD DISK SET IN THE CONCRETE BASE OF A DRINKING FOUNTAIN ON THE N SIDE OF THE HOTEL S OF THE OBSERVATION TOWER 2 FEET E OF THE E END OF THE STEPS TO THE HOTEL. AZIMUTH MARK IS STATION WYOMISSING. TO REACH SEE DESCRIPTION OF STATION WYOMISSING. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE POST OFFICE IN READING GO S ON U.S. ROUTE 222 FOR 0.1 MILE TO JUNCTION WITH U.S. ROUTE 422 (JUNCTION OF 5TH AND PENN STREETS) GO E ON U.S. ROUTE 422 FOR 0.65 MILE TO 11TH AND PENN STREETS, TAKE RIGHT FORK AND FOLLOW 422 FOR 0.3 MILE THEN LEFT FORK ON HIGHWAY 422 FOR 0.55 MILE TO HESSIAN ROAD FORKING TO THE LEFT, TURN LEFT ON HESSIAN ROAD FOR 0.35 MILE, THEN TURN LEFT UPHILL ON TROOPER ROAD FOR 0.2 MILE, THEN TURN LEFT ON ANGORA ROAD AT A SIGN POINTING TO PAGODA AND SKYLINE DRIVE FOR 0.75 MILE THEN TURN LEFT UPHILL AT A SIGN POINTING TO TOWER AND FOLLOW IT TO STATION AND TOWER A DISTANCE OF 0.5 MILE. HEIGHT OF LIGHT ABOVE STATION MARK - 23 METERS.
1/1/1960 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1960 (JCC) THE STATION MARK, REFERENCE MARKS 1 AND 2 WERE RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. THE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION TO REFERENCE MARK 1 CHECKED WITH THE PREVIOUS DATA. A SHORTER MEASUREMENT OF 0.010 METERS WAS NOTED TO REFERENCE MARK 2 ON THIS DATE. THIS MEASUREMENT WAS DOUBLE CHECKED IN THE FIELD AND IS BELIEVED TO BE CORRECT. THE DIRECTION TO REFERENCE MARK 2 CHECKED WITH THE PREVIOUS DATA. THE HOTEL BUILDING IS NO LONGER STANDING. A NEW RECREATION HALL IS BEING CONSTRUCTED OVER ITS EXACT LOCATION AT THIS DATE. THE PREVIOUS DESCRIPTION OF THE TO REACH THE STATION IS ADEQUATE. HEIGHT OF LIGHT ABOVE STATION MARK- 18 METERS.
1/1/1974 by PADT (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY PA DEPT OF TRANSP 1974 STATION MARK AND REFERENCE MARK 1 AND 2 RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
1/1/1975 by PADT (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY PA DEPT OF TRANSP 1975 MT. PENN 1942 RECOVERED GOOD. MT PENN NO. 1 1942 RECOVERED GOOD. MT. PENN NO. 2 1942 RECOVERED GOOD. DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--READING.
1/1/1986 by LOCSUR (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY LOCAL SURVEYOR (INDIVIDUAL OR FIRM) 1986 (CT) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
1/1/1989 by USPSQD (MARK NOT FOUND)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1989 (IEE) MARK NOT FOUND.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in July 1986.
  • 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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