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Details for Benchmark: MS0185

N 41° 37.067 W 112° 33.117 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 4908.1

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

Location:
In BOX ELDER county, UT View Original Datasheet
Designation:
S 94
Marker Type:
bench mark disk
Setting:
light structures
Stability:
Mark of questionable or unknown stability.

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Found the site for the benchmark when at the Golden Spike. They said it’s being reconditioned. This is the best I could do.

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photoGolden Spike
photoGolden Spike

Diesen Benchmark haben wir beim Golden Spike gesehen am 11.Mai 2019 beim Fest 150 Jahre Union Pacific. Danke fürs Zeigen der schönen Gegend.
Grüsse aus der Schweiz
Sydony21

Spotted this out front of the visitor center on the moved original memorial.

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photoS94
photoS94
photoS94

Found his benchmark during our visit here at Golden Spike.
Greetings from Germany

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photoMS0185

Found this benchmark on the obelisk at Promontory Summit when visiting the Golden Spike National Monument

spotted this while geocaching in the area

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photoMS0185

The benchmark, itself, is in good shape. It does say the monument that it's drilled into has been moved. DadwithTools took a picture with my GPS in the photo to show it's present location. I'm not sure how that relates to condition, but I did find it!

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I have to agree with Me and Bucky and two others that this benchmark has been "destroyed". The marker was moved from its original position which amounts to a destroyed benchmark, unusable for surveying purposes.

Since the benchmark page does not included a description of the new location it was apparently not brought to the attention of the USGS. Or if it was they haven't updated the database.

When a benchmark is moved the original marker typically will be removed and a "Reset" marker will be installed in the new location.

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photoThe monument at the visitor center.
photoThe moved marker.

Saw the benchmark disk on the monument in Promontory, Utah

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photoBenchmark
photoLast Spike Monument

Found it while finding the Golden Spike Virtual Cache

Found with sjfink, RyanXY, and HayBeth during a visit to Golden Spike NHS. Very cool!

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photosjfink, Fink007, RyanXY, and HayBeth
at the Golden Spike benchmark

KSSK Utah - Found it while visiting The Golden Spike.

N 41° 37.041 W 112° 33.047

Found this 1953 USCGS benchmark in good condition and its monument moved from its original location.

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photoS 94 Close-up view
photoS 94 Eye-level view
photoS 94 Horizontal view facing northwest

Found with TorchBCT while visiting Golden Spike.

Found at Golden Spike NHS, on the right corner of the original monument, with mhaughey10.

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photoS-94

Found this while visiting the Golden Spike National Monument

Called into the Golden Spike NP on my way out to the Spiral Jetty. Saw this benchmark for the second time but first time logging it. I was here some years ago on a visit from Australia.

Easy find while visiting the monument.

Found on a trip from Utah to Ohio. Interesting history!

Found with brigitte15 while on our annual cross country mother daughter trip from PA. We loved this area!

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photoClose up, S-94
photodisk on right side of monument

Had to get this one while at the Golden Spike

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Found it while passing through on the way home from California to Tennessee on a trip to complete finding caches in all 50 states ( I just needed 5 more). Concentrating on EC's, VC's and BM's this trip. Just had to get this one.

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photoClose up
photoS94 area

Found this one while visiting the Golden Spike Monument and getting the nearby virtual cache. Cool Benchmark.

-LeGrand

Found on our trip to Golden Spike. Still there and looking good.

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Found this while caching and visiting Golden Spike NHP.

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photoClose up
photoWes at BM-Location

Observed while caching at the monument

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photoNW @ BM #MS0185

Visiting the sites here and located the benchmark.

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photoS94
Benchmark

While visiting Golden Spike Nat. Monument. What a place. The rangers there really enjoy their job.

saw it while visiting gs today, I thought that the monument wasn't in quite the same place that I remembered from the 70's and 80's

Found while geocaching.

found it....

Its missing the Elevation data, but, in case you are wondering, it is at 4905.

Found it at the Golden Spike National Historical Site with Troop 1152 and Grace.

Found it while visiting the Golden Spike NHS with my wife Holly and stepdaughter Grace.

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photoU.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey - Bench Mark S 94
U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey - Bench Mark S 94 Golden Spike National Historical Site 1953
photoU.S. Geological Survey - Bench Mark - Souvenir
U.S. Geological Survey - Bench Mark Golden Spike National Historical Site

I guess technically I found the benchmark, even though it's not in its original position. We saw the benchmark replicas sold in the gift shop, so looked around for it. It was in the first logical location I looked, but I was surprised to read the "destroyed" logs in here. I'm surprised they relocated the disk together with the monument.

Discovered while visiting Golden Spike NM.

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photoBenchmark

Found where described

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photoMonument
lower right side corner

Found this on a trip to the Golden Spike site. Not the original location, but still the benchmark disk.

In good condition.

Found while visiting the first continental railroad National Historic Site. It is located to the right of the entrance to the Museum.

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photoPID MS0185. S94
BM may have been relocated. Outside to the right of Entrance to Museum by Plaque

Found while exploring the area

It may not be in the original location but I'm going to count it.

Fun!

My 1st Benchmark!

Grabbed this one while visiting the spike!

This Benchmark is not in good condition; it is, in fact, destroyed!! In the 1970s the monument was falling apart at its original location due to water migrating up into the interior and attacking the mortar. In order to restore the monument it was removed from its original location, moved to dry ground, carefully restored, then placed in a new location in front of the Ranger Station/Visitor Center. The location of the Benchmark is now several hundred feet from its original location, making it useless as a surveyor's reference point.

Found while at the site for Railroader's Festival.

Visited while doing a nearby virtual cache.

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photoMS0185

FYI this original disk, placed in 1953, was originally set 13.4 feet southeast of the main line southeast rail. In 2001, the monument and disk were moved and reconstructed in front of the Visitor Center and this disk is marked as Destroyed by Kerry Brinkerhoff. We geocachers can continue to find this, but it cannot be used by a surveyor.

I included the picture from the kiosk showing the original position of the marker in relation to the tracks (picture taken in 1927)

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photoSouthern Pacific Monument

Spotted the disk while reading the monument located in front of the Visitor Center. Glad to get one here!

Got it while visiting the Golden Spike

Also found virtual at golden spike

Found it on the way to the spiral jetty

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photoVisitor's Center

Great historical site.

It's been moved... The coords on Geocaching.com are no longer accurate.

Intown for the Railroad Festival, had to ask the park ranger where it was, it is really wierd where this benchmark DOESNOT have the elevation, all the others that I have seen does

Found this mark today while doing the nearby virtual cache.

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photomark

Greetings from Sacramento! We stayed in Park City for the long Fourth of July weekend, and today we took a drive to the Golden Spike National Historic Site, caching here and there along the way. Found this benchmark on the corner of the monument here.

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photoFound MS0185
photoMS0185 In Situ

First one

Found it while checking out the monument with some friends. What a great place to visit!!

Found it while checking out the Spike.

Found while out caching

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photoS94

I spied this benchmark and took a photo of it so I could log it after I got home.

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photothe benchmark on the monument

Same as at least one of the previous finders, I had took pictures next to it and not noticed the mark. Seeing the mark pin in the giftshop, I asked where it was at. Guess I am not the best at noticing them.

Very easy to spot if you have some idea where to look.

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found it while visiting the gold spike. apparently this BM is no longer listed with NOAA, because it is not in its original position. dino_hunters

Came to see the Golden Spike sights. Noticed they sell a replica of a Benchmark in the Visitors Center. Asked where the BM was located. I had stood right next to it earlier but was reading the plaque not looking for a benchmark. Went back and found it. TFTBM

Found it at the base of the white monument out front.

The only way I knew of the existence of this BM was due to the fact that they sell a full size and a miniature replica of it in the Visitors Center gift shop. And I had to ask where the original was located (didn't have a computer with me; wasn't waymarking, just sightseeing at the time).

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Found this one with LilSemaphore and my sons while visiting the Golden Spike site.

In 1916, the Southern Pacific Railroad placed the benchmark monument near where the nation's first transcontinental railroad was completed.

This entry was edited by miscribe on Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 06:35:23.

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photoGolden Spike Benchmark

Found this benchmark with Honest_Servius and RockHeron while we were visiting the Golden Spike.

Found while visiting the Golden Spike.

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photoS94

Found while visiting Golden Spike

Visited this historic place on the way home from Geowoodstock. I don't see how you couldn't see this one!

Found it while at the Golden Spike today.

Found while caching in the area getting virtual caches with cachin girl and cachin boy

i grabbed this benchmark while finding the nearby geocache :)

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photonorth caching 007

Had to scrape off the snow and ice to find the benchmark.

Found this BM the same time I found near by geo-cash.

Apparently this BM (and monument for that matter) have been relocated in front of the National Park office. It's hard to miss.

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photoGolden Spike BM 1
photoGolden Spike BM 2

found while getting a great virtual cache near

Found it.

Found it.

[purple]Snuggly Kitten and I were able to snag this Historic Benchmark while in the area admiring the history of the railroad and Golden Spike.

A nice easy find!

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photoThe benchmark.
photoThe monument.

Found this historical benchmark attached to the restored monument. Interesting how they sell a "stylized" benchmark in the bookstore that looks nothing like the real one.

Found it while visiting the site, I used to hunt jack rabbits here in the mid 1950's when this monument was all that was out here. No visitors center, Just a sea of sagebrush. It has since been re located. ~ d dawg

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Easy benchmark on the Goldel Spike monument.

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Had to log this BM because of the history it represents.

What a great treat seeing this Benchmark while visiting this place.

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We stopped by for a minute--I looked down and there it was!

Saw this one, as well as the souvenir benchmarks inside.

Just happen to notice this while visiting the monument.

I noticed this benchmark while visiting during the annual celebration of the driving of the golden spike. Theres nothing surveyors love more than people moving monuments :-(

Utahbill

Benchmark is on the base of the Golden Spike Historical Marker. Has moved away from the railroad tracks to the other side of the visitor center. My coords at the benchmark were N 41 37.037 W 112 33.048.

Wasn't even looking, heck didn't even have the GPS with us but we found it and figured we should log it.

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photoThe Benchmark

Found on a visit from College Station, Texas.

Found on a visit to the Golden Spike Historic site. Continued on around the lake to Wendover for dinner.

Found at the Golden Spike Historical Site

[This entry was edited by lemon16 on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 7:28:46 AM.]

Found at the Southern Pacific monument at the Golden Spike Historical site.

[This entry was edited by ledad16 on Friday, April 04, 2008 at 7:10:29 PM.]

Found this benchmark on the Southern Pacific RR monument in Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah

Although the monument has been relocated several hundred feet to the east, the benchmark was recovered in good condition.

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photoMS0185 (S 94)

Found in good shape. Easy to find.

Nice and easy find!
-Z

If you are in the Salt Lake City area, you MUST visit this historical site! The scenery is gorgeous, and the incredible stories associated with the meeting of the railroads is fascinating!!

N 41° 37.041 W 112° 33.047

Bench Mark S 94 is still in the concrete base of the monument, but the monument has been moved at least twice in the past (Note that in the original description, the statement "13.4 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE SOUTHEAST RAIL OF A SHORT SECTION OF TRACK WHICH IS STILL IN PLACE, AND 1.0 FOOT ABOVE THE GROUND".) Pictures of the original monument are on display in the museum. They show the monument next to the tracks at the site of the golden spike. The current location of the monument is about 420 feet east of the original location. Therefore, this mark should be considered destroyed.

The waypoint given above is for the current location of the mark.

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photoMS0185 20070408 G (Box Elder Co., UT)
photoMS0185 20070408 C (Box Elder Co., UT)
photoMS0185 20070408 B (Box Elder Co., UT)
Bench Mark S 94 from Eye Level.
photoMS0185 20070408 A1 N (Box Elder Co., UT)
North at Bench Mark S 94.
photoMS0185 20070408 A2 W (Box Elder Co., UT)
West at Bench Mark S 94.
photoMS0185 20070408 A3 W (Box Elder Co., UT)
Plaque on the Golden Spike Monument.

Well it appears as if the benchmark has found it's final resting spot. Ranger told us the story of the benchmark and that it had been moved a few times. This is where it will stay!!

Found this while visiting the golden spike.

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4 and 5 of 5tucks in front of the monument

FOUND WITH CHARLIE AND THE KIDS.
ON OUR 6000 MILES TRIP ACROSS THE USA.
THIS IS A NEAT ONE, THE GOLDEN SPIKE.
TIGGR

We were along with grandpa GEO*TRAILBLAZER 1 and TIGGR our grandma when we recovered the mark.

We were lucky enough to be with our Grandpa,GEO*TRAILBLAZER 1 and our Grandma TIGGR when they recovered this mark.

THIS ONE WAS NOT FAR OFF THE TRAIL WE WERE TRAVELING SO WE THOUGHT WE WOULD STOP BY AND LOG IT TOO.
PART OF OUR 6000 MILE TREK ACROSS THE USA 2006.

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photoMS0185 S 94
S 94 PROMOTORY UTAH.
photoMS0185 S 94 AND MONUMENT
S 94 AND MONUMENT LOOKING SW.

Benchmark in good condition.

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photoGS Benchmark.jpg

Couldn't visit the GS National Monument without stopping to find this benchmark.

They even have miniatures inside the visitor's center that you can buy.

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photoOut Front

out for a day of caching with the fam. out to see the trains and the jetty.

Found this one while visiting the Monument today as part of our marathon Geocache run.

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photoBenchmark MS0185 (aka S 94) as viewed on 2-4-06

Nice day for caching...found this one along the way.

I think I have the right date... if it's not right it's very close. I forgot to log this for the longest time - and then it took me forever to find it on the site!!!
Was visiting the National Park, and saw this by accident.
Yay!

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photoEasy find!
I had no idea this was here... a lucky find!

This BM on Golden Spike National Historic Site monument just outside Park Service HQ. I took pics but not much different from the others here. This BM is 690 miles east of Sacramento, CA and 1086 miles west of Omaha, NE

[This entry was edited by jostnix on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 9:36:19 AM.]

Found this on way back from looking for the Spiral Jetty with Monsterdog. It was in good condition. Bit dark so Monsterdog held a flashlite on it for the digi to focus.
Climbergirl

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photoGolden Spike Benchmark
N 41° 37.040 W 112° 33.049

Bagged this BM during a quick trip here to help RR Spike TB meet its goal.

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photoS94 in Good Shape
photoGPS & BM

Not much of a benchmark hunter but this one screamed, "FIND ME!" so I did.

Scott aka Co-Pilot

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photoGolden Spike Benchmark.jpg

Found benchmark in good condition.

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Found at the Golden Spike National Monument. To the right before going into Visitor's Center.

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photoMS0185 Closeup, Golden Spike, UT
photoMS0185 Monument, Golden Spike, UT

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1953 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1953 IN PROMONTORY. AT PROMONTORY, ALONG THE ABANDONED SOUTHERN PACIFIC COMPANY RAILROAD, AT THE GOLDEN SPIKE MONUMENT (A MONUMENT COMMEMORATING THE POINT AT WHICH THE LAST SPIKE COMPLETING THE FIRST CONTINENTAL RAILROAD WAS DRIVEN ON MAY 19, 1869), IN THE TOP OF THE WEST CORNER OF THE CONCRETE BASE, 13.4 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE SOUTHEAST RAIL OF A SHORT SECTION OF TRACK WHICH IS STILL IN PLACE, AND 1.0 FOOT ABOVE THE GROUND.

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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