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Details for Benchmark: KW2992

N 40° 44.258 W 076° 25.685 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1824

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

Location:
In SCHUYLKILL county, PA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
BARRY 1885
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:
Mark of questionable or unknown stability.

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Oh yeah! My oldest mark, set in 1885 and not recovered since. This was not too difficult--a PA State Dept of Forestry road goes very close to it, and although it is blocked to vehicular traffic it is a smooth easy walk uphill. After I got to the mark location I looked around for quite a while and saw piles of rocks, boulders, etc, but no station. Finally I restarted my GPSr and it took me to within 5 feet--I looked down and there was the monument! What a moment.

This is the oldest mark I can find near my that hasn't been replaced with a disk. I also located the two reference marks and one pile of "reference rocks" set in 1886.

Oh yeah, it is named Barry because it is in Barry Township. Don't know how Barry Twp got IT'S name though!

[This entry was edited by mloser on Sunday, July 18, 2004 at 4:07:53 PM.]

[Photos:]
photoBarry 1885 KW2992 Taylorsville, PA
The front of the monument, with U.S. on it.
photoBarry 1885 KW2992 Taylorsville, PA
The top, showing the cut crosslines.
photoBarry 1885 KW2992 Taylorsville, PA
The crosslines, close up.
photoBarry 1885 KW2992 Taylorsville, PA
Cut triangle reference mark.
photoBarry 1885 KW2992 Taylorsville, PA
Cut hole reference mark
photoBarry 1885 KW2992 Taylorsville, PA
Cut hole reference mark rock.
photoBarry 1885 KW2992 Taylorsville, PA
Stone pile. I actually don't think this was the stone pile--the other one was much more obviously man made. This just looks like a few stones with a tree growing out of it, but it was in the right place.
photoBarry 1885 KW2992 Taylorsville, PA
Stone pile. Needless to say, there was no wooden pole left in the center from 1886.
photoBarry 1885 KW2992 Taylorsville, PA Sheet
This is the condition of my description sheet when I got done finding Barry.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1885 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1885 (MM) STATION IS LOCATED ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE MAHONGATONGA MOUNTAIN, ABOUT 5 MILES SW FROM ASHLAND. STATION IS MARKED BY A BEER BOTTLE PLACED MOUTH UPWARD ABOUT 3-1/2 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE. OVER THIS AND 6 INCHES ABOVE IT, IS A FLAT STONE 24 BY 18 BY 6 INCHES WITH A HOLE 1/2 INCH IN DIAMETER AND 1 INCH DEEP DRILLED IN THE UPPER SURFACE. ON THIS IS PLACED A MONUMENT 3 FEET BY 5 BY 5 INCHES. IN THE UPPER SURFACE OF THE MONUMENT, ARE CUT CROSSLINES, AND ON THE S SIDE THE LETTERS U.S. THE MONUMENT PROJECTS 6 INCHES ABOVE A MOUND OF STONES. AUGUST 25, 1886- A PILE OF STONES SURROUNDING A POST WAS BUILT N 72 DEG 1/2 W, 16 FEET FROM STATION, ALSO A SIMILAR PILE WAS BUILT S 72 DEG 1/2 E, 17 FEET FROM STATION. A HOLE 1 INCH DEEP IS DRILLED IN A FIRM STONE N 18 DEG 1/2 E, 13 FEET FROM STATION. A TRIANGLE IS CUT ON A FIRM STONE S 18 DEG 1/2 W, 9 FEET FROM STATION. STATION MOST READILY REACHED BY WAY OF ASHLAND ON THE PHILA. AND READING RAILROAD, THENCE SW 4-1/2 MILES TO TAYLORSVILLE BY TEAM. FROM TAYLORSVILLE A ROAD LEADS SW TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, WHERE THERE IS AN OLD CLEARING CONTAINING THE RUINS OF A HOUSE. THERE TAKE A WOOD ROAD LEADING TO THE RIGHT, FOLLOW THIS UNTIL ANOTHER CLEARING IS REACHED. TURN TO THE RIGHT AND FOLLOW THE ROAD FOR ABOUT A MILE, TO A POINT WHERE THE ROAD FORKS, TAKE THE LEFTHAND ROAD AND FOLLOW IT FOR ABOUT 200 FEET. THE STATION IS ON THE N SIDE OF THE ROAD AND ABOUT 100 FEET FROM IT.

Control Text

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

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