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Details for Benchmark: KV3831

N 40° 20.835 W 075° 54.144 (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 LOOKOUT TOWER
Marker Type:
lookout tower
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Must Read!

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Spotted while traveling to the Pagoda with family.

Saw the tower & pagoda from the bottom of the hill - had planned to visit both, but found all roads to the pagoda & Skyline Drive blocked for a Hill Climb event... maybe next time!

Saw this while caching in the area. We were too far for a photo.

These are quite interesting to find. Many things around Berks County you never knew about until you actually look. I've been here many times and even to the top but never knew it was a marker location.

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photoKV3831 Mt Penn Tower
The tower

Didn't realize these could be logged until now

The dogs actually climbed to the top of this tower a few years ago.

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photoTower

Hard not to see this one from great distances.

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photoTower

Found while caching.

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Been here often but took a pix today of this find.

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photoKV3831 MT PENN LOOKOUT TOWER
Mt Penn Fire Tower
photoKV3831

saw this one while delivering in the area

In 40 years I was never in this amazing tower. Today was my lucky day to be able to climb the 168 steps to the observation deck and see the sights of Reading from the North, South, East and West.

[Photos:]
photoReading Fire Tower

Have been here many times through the years. For sunrise services at Easter.
Who knew I be here for a benchmark.

Spotted today while in the area.

I'm glad they have reopened this and are working to restore it. This was my second trip to the top this year. Brings back memories of hiking up here with my dad.

Grew up in Reading with this tower overlooking me!

I remember working as a forest fire lookout in the tower during 70's while employed by the PA Bureau of Forestry. Quite an interesting place during the daytime.

I love the view from here. Got some history on this place. It seems the tower standing here is the second one. The first one burned down in 1923. The second was built in 1939.

[Photos:]
photoThis is the towers construction in 1939
photoThis is the view from the tower

William Penn Memorial Fire Tower.

the tower and pagoda. a part of peoples lives

It appears that at one time it was possible to ascend this tower, but not on this day.

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photoMT PENN LOOKOUT TOWER (KV3831), Reading, PA

You never know where one will be.
Beautful view!

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

The best view in Berks Co.

[Photos:]
photoThe view
photothe tower

thanks for the help polgara

#3
Took a ride up this way today, it was quite hazy, not a great day for a good view. Also stopped by the pagoda, they were having a band and a coffee house thing going on. I don't know who wants coffee today, its only 103 degrees with high humidity.

Thought I would do this benchmark and the station disk while I had the time. Harry... KA3YAH

Greetings!

Wow, this is a big benchmark! :-p

"Found" while at the 0630 Easter sunrise service.

We got to climb to the top of the tower although the lookout deck is still closed for the winter. The Pagoda has a great view in a heated room with large glass windows - the tower has a great view while peeking out small steel overed windows. Pretty neat!!!!

Sincerely,
PULASKI, MRS PULASKI, TULIP, PIGLET

Found it, but why I drove all the way there when I just have to stand on my front porch is beyond me. Oh, yea, to get the other bench mark near by!!!!

I was driving around the area today. Decided to log this one and the Pagoda.

Tower is just being refurbished and is in excellent condition.

[Photos:]
phototower from a distance
photofrom closer in.

Found this one many times, the second most viewable place in the area.

found it, although it wasnt all that hard. Actually stopped by to fine the Mount Penn Tower Cache.

We decided to try benchmarking, and since this was so easy to find, we went on to do two more today.

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photoMount Penn Tower

Tower is still being restored...looks almost done. It is still there in case anyone thought it was gone :)

The firetower is in the final stages of being restored, thanks to a very devoted group called Pagoda Skyline, Inc. I have recently been inside the tower and was fortunate to be able to climb to its highest point at the upper observation windows. Awesome view from up there!
-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 nearby. Since the tower is fenced to protect against vandalism, we couldn't get close enough to get a good reading of the coordinates. You can read more about the tower and the history of Mount Penn by following the links in the cache description.

< Gary and Oreo // Team Grayrun >

[last edit: 5/27/2002 12:42:32 PM PST]

[Photos:]
photoMt Penn Lookout Tower
photoTop of tower

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1942 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (PLB) THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS THE MT. PENN LOOKOUT TOWER WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE HIGHEST PART OF MT. PENN WHICH IS PART OF THE READING PARK SYSTEM. POINT OBSERVED ON WAS THE FINIAL.
01/01/1960 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1960 (JCC) STATION FOUND AS DESCRIBED AND IN GOOD CONDITION.
01/01/1978 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1978 (RPD) STATION FOUND AS DESCRIBED AND IN GOOD CONDITION.
01/01/1983 by BSA (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA 1983 (DD) STILL STANDING.
01/01/1987 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1987 (IEE) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
01/01/1989 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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