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Details for Benchmark: LZ0099

N 41° 23.467 W 076° 16.517 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 2052.81

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

Location:
In SULLIVAN county, PA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
P 49
Marker Type:
bench mark disk
Setting:
massive structures
Stability:
Probably hold position/elevation well.

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Easy enough to find this marker.

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My first benchmark find. This is a familiar area to me as I have been back to this bridge several times. This is in good shape and it was just a little dirty.

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photoLZ0099 OH YEA !!!

Almost 4 years later since the last visit and it's still here in good condition, somewhat overgrown with moss and debris.

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photoDisk "P 49" still in very good condition.
photoLucky to be found.
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Seen this neighbors print on the way back to the vehicle.....oooooooo

Forge ahead with no detours. Tried to hop on the rocks crossing the streams without getting wet. Let me tell you the water felt good. Benchmark found very easily after searching around and then realizing that I actually stepped on it earlier.

N 41° 23.476 W 076° 16.533

On our second visit to the former community of Ricketts, we finally unearthed this benchmark. Using the map provided by Mike Burnside for his historical multicache “Downtown Ricketts”, we navigated to the southernmost railroad bridge and from there, through the trees, we spotted the stone abutments we were aiming for. Reaching our goal was more difficult. We fought through plenty of vines, thorns, scrub and poison ivy to reach the north abutment; of course, according to the description I felt sure the benchmark had to be located on the [i]south[/i] abutment. The saner member of our team stayed behind while I waded through Mehoopany Creek and climbed the wildly overgrown south abutment. After turning over a thick layer of mud and moss on the western end, I found the disk. It's in very good condition and the designation and date are clearly legible. The description of the route to the station may be accurate, but I didn't check it. If this route is still passable, it would probably make for an easier walk.

Zhanna and Aaron

[i]edit:[/i] I should also note that this benchmark is in Wyoming County, not in Sullivan County as this page and the original datasheet claim.

[last edit: 5/21/2003 4:39:52 PM PST]

[Photos:]
photoLZ0099, Wyoming County, PA
photoThe wilderness surrounding the mark.
It's a jungle out there!
photoView of the north abutment across the creek.
Looks very similar to the south abutment which holds the mark, but with much less vegetation. The mark is located not on the very top of the abutment (the part with sloping sides), but on the level several feet below it.
photoMap of downtown Ricketts with the bridge abutment indicated.
See the “Downtown Ricketts” cache page, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=67583, for a better version of this map.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1934 by USGS (MONUMENTED)
01/01/1970 by USGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1970 5.8 MI FROM LOPEZ. FROM LOPEZ (ROAD JUNCTION WITH PA. ROUTE 467) GO SOUTH ON PA. 487, 5.8 MILES TO PA FISH COMMISSION ROAD EAST, GO EAST ON ROAD 0.1 MI. TO ROAD FORK NORTHEAST GO 0.3 MI. ON ROAD NORTHEAST PAST BUILDING TO A ROAD SOUTH WHICH IS OLD LEHIGH RR GRADE GO NORTH ON DISMANTLED RR. GRADE 0.2 MI. TO DISMANTLED RR BRIDGE OVER MEHOOPANY CREEK. BENCH MARK LOCATED WEST END OF ABUTMENT.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were scaled from a topographic map and have an estimated accuracy of +/- 6 seconds.
  • The orthometric height was determined by differential leveling and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in June 1991.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.
  • The dynamic height is computed by dividing the NAVD 88 geopotential number by the normal gravity value computed on the Geodetic Reference System of 1980 (GRS 80) ellipsoid at 45 degrees latitude (g = 980.6199 gals.).
  • The modeled gravity was interpolated from observed gravity values.

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