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Details for Benchmark: LY2603

N 41° 22.236 W 074° 42.293 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In PIKE county, PA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
MATAMORAS ST JOSEPH CATH SPIRE
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Thanks for the BM.

Found this one while out doing some caches with Greyvin in the area.

[Photos:]
photospire view
photofull church view

Out caching with MightyHog for the day in the area and thought we'd log the benchmark.

[Photos:]
photoSt Joseph's Cathedral
photoSt Joseph's Cathedral Spire

mark this one as found!

actually, forget that last comment, I looked again and saw the spire.

I visited the church, but didn't see the benchmark.

Nice spire, nice church. But it's the [b]wrong church[/b]!
This church was built in 1970. LY2603 is a spire observed in 1942. The coordinates put this at the north corner of 4th Street and Avenue F. The topographic map shows a church at that location. The new St. Joseph's Church is a block northeast, at the west corner of 3rd Street and Avenue F.

Based on the above information, the NGS has listed this station as 'destroyed'.

[This entry was edited by Harry Dolphin on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 6:37:25 PM.]

[Photos:]
photoSt. Joseph's Matamoras Pike Pa, built 1970
photoSt. Joseph's 'corner stone'.

Observed Spire while in town geocaching. Lots of Church Spires in the area.

An easy find.

Found in good condition. See photos . . . patrick & shirley

[Photos:]
photoSteeple with referenced cross
photoChurch building

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1942 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (GWL) THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS THE BASE OF THE CROSS ATOP THE SPIRE OF ST. JOSEPHS CATHOLIC CHURCH AND IS LOCATED IN THE N CENTRAL PART OF THE TOWN OF MATAMORAS. THE CHURCH IS A FRAME BUILDING WITH A BROWN SHINGLED ROOF WITH WHITE TRIM TOPPED BY A WHITE CROSS. THE OVERALL HEIGHT IS ABOUT 45 FEET. THE POINT OBSERVED UPON WAS THE BASE OF THE CROSS.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in September 1999.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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