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Details for Benchmark: LZ1845

N 41° 30.834 W 076° 04.228 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 2369

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

Location:
In WYOMING county, PA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
MEHOOPANY RM 2
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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This mid-October day was warm and beautiful for a hike, so Rich and I decided to tackle the stations on the summit of Mehoopany Mountain. We were disapointed to find that the station disk for LZ1844, triangulation station Mehoopany, has been pried out of its setting and removed (it has since been determined to be Destroyed by NGS). The fire tower was found in good condition. There is some confusion over the fire tower's designation, since both it and the second reference mark disk for station MEHOOPANY are referred to as “MEHOOPANY RM2”. A contact at NGS examined the old paper records and gave essentially the same explanation that Rich provided.

[i]An official report of this station's condition was submitted to NGS, along with the following recovery note:[/i]

The tower was found in good condition. As noted in the 1976 recovery note for LZ1844, reference mark no. 2 for triangulation station Mehoopany 1929 has been removed from beneath the tower.

Zhanna

[Photos:]
photoLZ1845, Wyoming County, PA
photoFire tower cabin ...
Looking west.

[B]Station found as described.[/B]

This second order horizontal control station is situated at the summit of Mehoopany Mountain, south of Mehoopany. From Russell Hill northwest of Tunkhannock and the intersection of Rt. 6 (N41° 35.165' W076° 0.258'), follow Rt. 87 south for roughly 4.85 miles to the town of Mehoopany (N41° 33.814' W076° 3.649'), then left onto Sugar Hollow Road (SR3003) for roughly 1.2 miles (N41° 33.231' W076° 3.441'), then right onto T454 for 0.6 miles, straight on T437 for roughly 0.1 miles (N41° 32.835' W076° 3.778'), and finally left onto Fire Tower Road (T440) south for 2.85 miles. Fire Tower Road is a packed dirt/gravel access road that is mostly in very good condition leading directly to the summit and the lookout tower.

LY1845 (MEHOOPANY RM2) refers to the lookout tower, and reference mark MEHOOPANY No. 2 for triangulation station MEHOOPANY (LZ1844) appears to have been the original disk set in a boulder directly beneath the tower. The boulder and mark were later removed and the top center of the tower's cabin was designated as RM2. It also appears that at this time their coordinates were deemed to be identical. ~Rich in NEPA~

[Photos:]
photoMehoopany Fire Lookout Tower.
photoCabin at the top of the tower.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1929 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
01/01/1968 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1968 (WMJ) THE STATION IS THE TOP CENTER OF THE 65 FEET HOGH 4-LEGGED STEEL LOOKOUT TOWER. THE TOWER IS LOCATED ABOUT 4.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MEHOOPANY, 3 MILLES SOUTHEAST OF FORKSTON, 54.54 FEET SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF TRIANGULATION STATION MEHOOPANY 1929. REFERENCE MARK NO. 2 FOR STATION MEHOOPANY 1929 IS CENTERED UNDER THE LOOKOUT TOWER. NOTE- THE FIRE TOWER WAS POSITIONED IN 1929 BUT HAD NO PREVIOUS DESCRIPTION.

Control Text

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