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Details for Benchmark: KX1662

N 40° 58.067 W 079° 55.933 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1226.1

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

Location:
In BUTLER county, PA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
W 63 RESET
Marker Type:
bench mark disk
Setting:
massive structures
Stability:
Probably hold position/elevation well.

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On the SW bridge abutment. When this was set in 1937, the Western Allegheny RR passed under the B&LE, directly over and parallel to Muddy Creek. The WARR tracks were removed from here decades ago, so only the creek passes under the B&LE (now CN) tracks now.

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photoKX1662
Replaced the original W 63, which was on a pump house foundation (presumably an oil well pump house from the long-abandoned Queen Junction oil field.
photoUnder bridge from mark
The WARR formerly passed over the creek, under the B&LE tracks. It was suspended above and parallel to the creek here. The 2 RRs crossed here, with the WARR under the B&LE.

Near my caches. First one.

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photoW 63 RESET
My first benchmark

Recovered in good condition at N 40° 58.045 W 079° 55.915.

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photoKX1662(W 63 RESET) - Clay Twp Butler County PA
photoKX1662 - Eye level
photoKX1662 - Looking E from mark

Found as described. A local fisherman pointed it out for me.

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photoKX1662
photoWide View

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1937 by BLERR (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY BESSEMER AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD 1937 AT QUEEN JUNCTION. AT QUEEN JUNCTION, IN THE WEST END OF THE BRIDGE SEAT OF THE SOUTH ABUTMENT OF THE BESSEMER AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD COMPANYS BRIDGE OVER THE WESTERN ALLEGHENY RAILROAD JUST SOUTH OF QUEEN JUNCTION STATION. A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED W 63 RESET 1937. NOTE-- THIS BENCH MARK WAS ESTABLISHED AND ITS ELEVATION DETERMINED BY ENGINEERS OF THE BESSEMER AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD IN 1937.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were scaled from a topographic map and have an estimated accuracy of +/- 6 seconds.
  • The NAVD 88 height was computed by applying the VERTCON shift value to the NGVD 29 height (displayed under SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL.) The vertical order pertains to the superseded datum.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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