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Details for Benchmark: MY3119

N 42° 21.682 W 071° 04.552 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In MIDDLESEX county, MA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
LONGFELLOW TOWER 2
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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We have crossed this bridge so often and today I found out that the towers are benchmarks. Spotted often.

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Found it.

Yep

The towers have been reconstructed and are back in place. My pictures are terrible because I took them from the Red Line, and I have to figure out which tower is which.

Walked across the bridge and saw all towers. Read details of the rebuilding on previous logs. Think it still counts.

In the last couple years, as part of a major restoration of the bridge, the towers on the south side of the bridge, MY3119 and MY3120, were completely removed and then reconstructed in their original form from the same bricks. Whether this should be considered "destroyed" in official benchmark terms, I think it's OK for us amateur benchmarkers from geocache land to ignore the brief glitch in these towers' 82 years as benchmarks, so I'm going to call this a find. If it weren't for the fact that the two towers on the north side of the bridge are still being rebuilt, I never would have known these towers had been removed and put back.

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photoMY3119 and MY3120
MY3119 is the tower in front, MY3120 is in back. MY3115, currently being reassembled, is on the left side of the picture. Looking east.

Awesome bridge and towers.

I saw the tower from the bridge in the nort.
It is still there.
Thanks!

Found today while out walking, the tower is in great condition.

Easy find while out with my company's 125 anniversary outing, they took us all on the duck boats!

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photoLongfellow Towers

Logged

Nice towers . Seen from a distance!

Drove by in the bus while with the 8th graders on the east coast trip!

found it.

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photoIMG_3495

Was going thru old pictures (01/22/16) and realized I had taken a picture of this benchmark a few years ago. Definitely one worth logging. Glad to see this one still going! :)

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photoMY3115, MY3119, MY3116, & MY3120

Out at a riverfront food festival (and geocaching) with friends. All four towers were easy to spot.

After a day of meetings, I walked across the bridge to the Boston side for dinner. No pictures since it was rather dark...

-Krauss-McClurg

Found this one today during a whirlwind tour of Boston. Lovely bridge. Photo to come.

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photoMY3119 showing all towers

All four towers are there and doing well!

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photoMY3119 - LONGFELLOW TOWER 2

Found the salt & pepper towers on the long fellow bridge during our trip on 'Tub of the Hub - Red'. 2 of 4.

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photoMY3119 - LFT2

Domo!!! Found during an extended walk across the Charles with my lovely two-legged & furry four-legged assistants. All 4 Longfellow Towers are Good, though some repair seems to be going on here.

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photoMY3119 LONGFELLOW TOWER 2
Viewing Eastward towards Boston.
photoMY3119 LONGFELLOW TOWER 2 closeup
Viewing Eastward towards Boston, with #4 in background.
photoMY3119 LONGFELLOW TOWER 2 & 4, 3, 1 Eastward
Right to Left, respectively. Viewing Eastward towards Boston.

Took the Red Line past these forever and have seen them from afar numerous times. Is this the SALT or the PEPPER shaker?

2 of 4

#20. Snapped a photo of all 4 Longfellow towers while playing softball at the Ebersol Fields. It's a little dusky, but they are easy to make out.

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photoLongfellow Towers 1-4
Snapped a photo of all 4 Longfellow Towers while playing softball at the Ebersol Fields. It's a little dusky, but they are easy to make out.

See MY3115 log for a nice photo of all 4 towers on a pretty day.

Recovered in good condition. Photo here http://www.geocaching.com/mark/log.aspx?LUID=f1c48655-967f-4535-8899-445354d4a7e7 .

Went by this while on the Charles River.

Located all four towers on Longfellow Bridge.

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photoRev Mike pointing at #2 from #4.

Found as described.

drove past all 4 on trolley tour

Recovered in good condition.

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photoMY3119_LONGFELLOW TOWER 2

In Boston on Business and passed by a number of these on my way around the city.

Have seen this lots of times just picked this date, what a gimme 4 at once

My pictures all turned out terrible because of the lighting conditions, but I can say for sure that the towers are still there. Nice bridge!

Found while running a half marathon that went over this bridge in March

Confirm Longfellow Tower 2

Recovered in good condition.

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photoPhoto

Salt pot tower

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photoLongfellow Salt and Pepper Bridge

Easy find - decided to take one picture of all four towers.

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photoLongfellow Towers MY3119

Found on a lovely bike ride into the city.

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photo1st tower from the left.

Hard to miss.

Found.

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photoMY3119 is the rear one.
photoWide view of bridge, from the Boston side.

A bit foggy over the river today.

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photoBridge tower (far), Cambridge MA

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1934 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1934 (FLP) THIS IS AN INTERSECTION STATION. IT IS IN THE EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN SECTION OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE, VERY NEAR TO THE BOSTON CITY LINE. THE STATION IS ON THE LONGFELLOW BRIDGE WHICH IS OVER THE CHARLES RIVER BETWEEN CHARLES CIRCLE IN BOSTON AND KENDALL SQUARE IN CAMBRIDGE. THE BRIDGE IS CONSTRUCTED OF GRANITE BLOCKS AND IT EXTENDS IN ABOUT AN E AND W DIRECTION. NEAR THE CENTER OF THE BRIDGE, THERE ARE FOUR SIMILAR GRANITE TOWERS. THEY ARE ABOUT 14 FEET IN DIAMETER AT THE BASE AND THEY ARE RECESSED OCTAGONAL IN PLAN. THE SIDES TAPER SLIGHTLY TO THE TOP WHICH IS DOME-SHAPED. THE POINT OBSERVED ON WAS THE CENTER OF THE CUT GRANITE FINIAL RISING FROM THE CENTER OF THE ROOF OF THE MOST SOUTHWESTERLY OF THE FOUR TOWERS. THE FINIAL IS ABOUT 45 FEET ABOVE THE STREET SURFACE OF THE BRIDGE.
01/01/1939 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1939 (LWS) RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. DESCRIPTION ADEQUATE.
01/01/1990 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1990 (MG) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in June 1998.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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