N 41° 35.476 W 076° 00.322
Stations LASCO and DIETRICH (LZ1848) looked to be two of the most interesting on our “tour” of Tunkhannock area tri-stations. We were curious about the fact that there were two triangulation stations, both apparently still viable, placed within a few hundred feet of each other.
One further curiosity was the mention in the description of the subsurface mark being stamped FLOREY while the surface marks are stamped LASCO. We later learned the reason from Mr. Steve Lasco himself (see [b][URL=http://www.geocaching.com/mark/details.asp?PID=lz1848]LZ1848[/URL][/b]) . The plan had been to name the station after the feature on which it's located—Florey Knob—and the first disk had been stamped so already, according to Mr. Lasco. However, at his request the remaining disks were stamped LASCO.
Arriving at the site of this mark, the more southerly of the two, we found an open field bordered on one side by brush and on the other by the road we'd come in on. The reference marks are located within the brushy area but were not difficult to find. Our attention was drawn to reference mark 1 by two thin metal stakes adjacent to the monument, possibly set to indicate its position. Grass had grown over and partially obscured the station mark, but it is now well exposed.
A search later in the afternoon for the azimuth mark was unsuccessful. A resident informed us of the recent roadwork that had widened the highway and altered the area along the fenceline. Several weeks later, Mr. and Mrs. Lasco drove to the bottom of the hill to search for the disk. They reported that unfortunately, the boulder and mark—which had been quite conspicuous, they said—are no longer visible.
[i]A report on the condition of these marks has been submitted to NGS, along with the following recovery note:[/i]
The station mark and reference marks 1 and 2 were recovered in good condition. Powerline pole 919 is also numbered SBFC 7. The azimuth mark was searched for but was not located. U.S. Route 6 has been widened to 5 lanes in the area of the culvert, and a local resident indicated that the field near the wire fence was recently excavated for a new sewer line running parallel to the highway. The 7 by 10 foot boulder and the witness post could not be found.
[I]Edit: corrected link after a change to the site.[/I]
[This entry was edited by Zhanna on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 7:33:47 PM.]
[Photos:]LZ1847, Wyoming County, PA
Eye-level view of the monument and mark.
Looking SW toward RM1 and powerline pole 919.
Looking NNW toward RM2; Rich stands at the reference mark.
Eye-level view of the mark.
Looking SW toward the powerline pole.
Looking NNE toward toward the station; Rich kneels at the station mark.
Eye-level view of the mark.
Looking SSW toward the powerline pole.