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Details for Benchmark: LY2724

N 41° 21.601 W 075° 38.728 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1722

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

Location:
In LACKAWANNA county, PA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
GEORGE
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Reference Points

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I spent some time with George today.

The hike started out uneventful on some quad trails. I hiked down to Ore Mine Rd. at the stone bridge I then headed up for about .6 miles toward George. This was one heck of a climb! When I was getting close to George the forest opened up to a meadow dotted with small trees and low grass amongst blue berry bushes.

I found RM1 first, then the station mark and RM2 next. All Marks are in good condition.

I spent about an hour with George enjoying the solitude of the mountain top. I then had to say goodbye to George and the peace and quiet of the mountain top.

I hope you find time to spend some time with George.

[Photos:]
photoStone arch bridge on Ore Mine Rd.
Lovely place
photoStation Mark
photoGeorge RM-1
photoGeorge RM-2
photoSaying goodbye to George
N 41° 21.601 W 075° 38.728

FINALLY! After two attempts in the snow, and missing the chance to join Rich and Dave's hike last weekend, I finally made my acquaintance with George. On this sunny Sunday Aaron and I retraced my January route, and this time we found all the marks with ease. Of course, the GPS took us right to the station mark. The historic descriptions were adequate to locate the two reference marks (though the witness post is long gone). All disks are in excellent condition. This is a peaceful spot with pretty views of neighboring mountains. (Nice meeting you, George! )

Zhanna and Aaron

[Photos:]
photoLY2724, Lackawanna County, PA
photoThe area around George...
... we had our packs sitting right near the benchmark in March.
photoLY2724 RM1
photoThe area around RM1...

photoLY2724 RM2
photoThe area near RM2...

photoThe trails near my neighborhood were a real mess today.
photoOre Mine Road, without snow...
N 41° 21.601 W 075° 38.728

This triangulation station can be reached most easily by following Ore Mine Road south and southwest from its trailhead near the concrete spillway at the south end of Lake Scranton for about 0.66 miles to just before a stone bridge crossing Meadow Brook, then bushwhacking up a moderately steep and rocky hill for about 0.63 miles through mostly open woods to a meadow on the summit of a low hill. (My route this afternoon, however, was a continuation along the jeep trail from LY2722 “COON”). The historic descriptions lead only roughly to the locations for all three marks since the witness post no longer exists. All three marks are well exposed and easy to see. At the station mark my Garmin GPSmap76 receiver indicated 0.0 (zero) feet from the NGS datasheet coordinates. The discs are in very good condition, and the stamped designations are legible. There is no azimuth mark for this station. ~Rich in NEPA~

[Photos:]
photoGPSr and the station mark.
photoClose-up of the station mark.
photoGeneral view of the area at the station mark.

photoGPSr and the #1 reference mark.
photoClose-up of the #1 reference mark.
photoGeneral view of the area at the reference mark.

photoGPSr and the #2 reference mark.
photoClose-up of the #2 reference mark.
photoGeneral view of the area near the reference mark.

LY2724 (CGS Benchmark)
George
6 April 2003
6:45 p.m. (DST)
Team GeeOh!

Hey CGS, found it! It is right where it should be and in good condition. The eTrex read 9.0 ft, with an elevation of 1728 ft. A cool day with a slight breeze. But since I bushwhacked the last .75 mile, who's complaining. No camera, so no picture. But this is a pretty open area, and the views are nice. Almost a perfect 360 degrees. This made for a nice little walk after work. I enjoyed a glowing sunset before making my leave. Thanks.

P.S. I found two other 'George station marks, and I cleared some loose debris away from the markers.

GeeOh!
:)

Imagine my surprise when my father announced his plans to hike in the mountains near Montage with some of his coworkers. I was more surprised when I found out that “George” was their goal. I volunteered to go along because I had so much fun on my hike in January and wanted to revisit the area. (I also hoped there might be a little less snow this time.) Six of us met at MetLife at 8:00 AM and began our trek by sliding down the first hill toward the brook (conditions were just as snowy and almost as icy this time). A bad knee forced one member of the team to turn back early on, but the five remaining members continued with a minimum of complaints (at least at this point). After a stream crossing that was uneventful for everyone but me, we made our way along Ore Mine Road to the base of George's mountain. Up we climbed, led by Rich's GPS and stellar sense of direction, through deep snow. (Some of us endured taunts because we were able to walk on top of the snow more often than we sank down.) Dave brought up the rear, but enthusiastically; he's learned to wear something other than jeans next time. Once at the top, the MetLife boys went off to celebrate with a beer or two, and Rich and I shared a blueberry Tastykake pie and poked around in the snow for the benchmark and reference marks. (Now, of course, we're aware that our packs were sitting right next to George and that we cleared off the boulder [i]next[/i] to the rock holding RM2.) As is obvious, we found nothing that day, but we did take some photos of the MetLife boys with their office building in the background as proof of the success of the venture (although I've heard there was still some disbelief among coworkers). The walk back was easier, wasn't it, guys?!

Zhanna, Rich, Joe, Brian and Dave

[last edit: 6/23/2003 9:01:40 AM PST]

[Photos:]
photoHe missed all the fun! (Or, most of it.)
photoYeah, we're sane.
photoCareful, Zhanna, wet rocks are slippery.
photo“Yeah, yeah, you're laughing now, but I'll make it... just a little further...”
photo“See, that was nothing.”
photoMusings at the top...
Joe: Now where did I put the beer? Rich: Now where's that stupid benchmark? Dave: I can't believe I made it! Brian: This is too amusing for words. Zhanna: I should've used my own camera!
photoZhanna enjoys the breeze and Rich looks surprised, but amused.
And it's lunchtime for everybody else.
photoThe polar explorers rejoice...
Thanks to Brian and dad for the above photos!
photo“I'm not going to do anything like this again for a long, long time.”
photoRegaining our composure.
photoProof! MetLife building in the background.
Thanks, R, for these photos!

I took a very long and wonderful hike on a beautiful sunny day, and didn't find the benchmark but came away with some great memories. I'd planned only to walk from my house down to Ore Mine Road, do some exploring and then hike back home. But as soon as I reached the road, I saw that George was only two-thirds of a mile away, so I decided to go for it. Hiking straight up the mountain in snow that was soon over my knees was both exhausting and exhilarating, and at times I really had to push myself to travel more than a tenth of a mile at a time. I finally made it to the spot, though I'd realized long before that I'd probably have trouble locating the mark under two feet of snow. I did probe a bit with my trowel, but I hit more ice than rocks and found nothing of much interest. The view from the top was pleasant, though, and I had to call Rich to tell him where I was. He advised me to walk out Ore Mine Road to Lake Scranton and walk home from there, which was a good idea, and that's what I did. As soon as all this snow melts, I'll be back.

Zhanna

[last edit: 6/23/2003 9:01:18 AM PST]

[Photos:]
photoBeautiful sunshine to start my hike ...
photoSeveral inches of ice are visible under the snow ...
photoThemes for the day: ice and snow!
photoNo one here but me and the deer ...
photoThere were gorgeous views along the way.
photoSome spots were way too steep and slippery for walking, so I had to sit down and slide!
photoAlmost there ...
photoGeorge is somewhere underfoot, but who knows where?
photoOre Mine Road. I saw plenty of this.
photoCivilization nears ...
photoMy tracks (thanks R for helping me clean it up)...

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1960 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1960 (JCC) THE STATION IS LOCATED ON THE NORTHEAST END OF A LOW BRUSHEY RIDGE, 3.0 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SCRANTON, 4-1/2 MILES NORTH-NORTHWEST OF ROCKDALE AND ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE SPRINGBROOK WATER COMPANY. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE JUNCTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 11 AND STATE HIGHWAY 307 IN SCRANTON, GO SOUTHEAST ON STATE HIGHWAY 307 AND MOOSIC STREET FOR 3.0 MILES TO A GATE ON THE RIGHT, AT THE NORTH END OF A SMALL LAKE. TURN SHARP RIGHT AND GO WEST ON THE NARROW MACADAM ROAD FOR 0.5 MILE TO A LOCKED GATE, THE KEY CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SPRINGBROOK WATER COMPANY OF SCRANTON. CONTINUE WEST ON THE MACADAM ROAD FOR 0.14 MILE TO A Y-FORK. KEEP LEFT AROUND THE EAST SIDE OF THE LAKE FOR 0.8 MILE TO A WOODS ROAD LEFT, BETWEEN TWO IRON POST. TURN LEFT ON THE WOODS ROAD FOR 0.75 MILE TO A DIM WOODS ROAD LEFT AND A 8-INCH TRIANGULAR BLAZED OAK TREE ON THE LEFT. TURN LEFT ON THE DIM WOODS ROAD AND GO UP A STEEP HILL FOR 0.5 MILE TO THE SUMMIT AND A DIM TRAIL LEFT, CONTINUE ON THE WOODS ROAD FOR 0.1 MILE TO A SMALL CREEK CROSSING AND THE END OF THE ROAD, CONTINUE WEST ON A DIM GAME TRAIL FOR 0.1 MILE TO A Y-FORK IN THE TRAIL. KEEP THE RIGHT FORK AND GO SOUTHWEST ON THE GAME TRAIL FOR ABOUT 0.35 MILE TO A 8-INCH TRIANGULAR BLAZED OAK TREE ON THE RIGHT. TURN RIGHT AND GO NORTHWEST ON A DIM TRAIL FOR 0.35 MILE TO THE SUMMIT OF THE HILL AND THE STATION AS DESCRIBED. THE STATION MARK, A STANDARD DISK STAMPED GEORGE 1960, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BED ROCK WHICH PROJECTS 4 INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND SURFACE. IT IS 4.8 FEET NORTH-NORTHEAST OF A STANDARD METAL WITNESS POST AND MARKER. REFERENCE MARK 1, A STANDARD DISK STAMPED GEORGE NO 1 1960, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK WHICH PROJECTS 1 INCH ABOVE THE GROUND SURFACE. IT IS 31.9 FEET EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE WITNESS POST AND ABOUT 1 FOOT LOWER IN ELEVATION THAN THE STATION MARK. REFERENCE MARK 2, A STANDARD DISK STAMPED GEORGE NO 2 1960, CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK WHICH IS FLUSH WITH THE GROUND SURFACE. IT IS 34.5 FEET NORTH-NORTHWEST OF THE WITNESS POST AND IS ABOUT THE SAME ELEVATION AS THE STATION MARK. HEIGHT OF LIGHT ABOVE STATION MARK 1 METERS.
1/1/1984 by PWPCO (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY PENNSYLVANIA WATER AND POWER COMPANY 1984 (GMB) STATION RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in September 1999.
  • 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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