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Details for Benchmark: MY6361

N 42° 41.805 W 071° 53.552 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1835

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

Location:
In WORCESTER county, MA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
WATATICK 2 RESET
Marker Type:
horizontal control disk
Setting:
in rock outcrop
Stability:
Most reliable and expected to hold position/elevation well.

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Wasn't even looking for this - I bumped into some old friends on the top of Mt Watatic, we were talking and I looked down, there it was. I'd been planning to start looking for and logging benchmarks - this was a nice easy start.

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photoBenchmark

easy find

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photo

Perfect coordinates

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photoMY6361
photoMY6361

Found it while hiking and geocaching with Major.

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photobenchmark
photoclose to the benchmark

I think just the third time in my life I've been to the summit. Once way back when there was still a tower up there...

Was pretty sure I remembered seeing the complete disk at one time. But the brain cells had way to much fun back in the eighties....

I also took similar pic to one someone else has posted. I really like that idea with the GPS and disk. Must remember that for future photo ops.

Found it!

Found it while hiking Watatick with amberlamps94

found it

snsprt was here

Found as described in the previous logs. Nice day on the summit.

[Photos:]
photoWatatic 2 Reset
photoRM3
photoRM4
photoRM5
photoEast Watatic
photoBorden 834
Monument I passed taking the long way to the summit.

Recovered in poor condition. As others have noted the disk is badly damaged and only the center post remains. It is only possible to identify the mark based on RM4 and RM5 which are still intact and the small triangle survey mark left on the disk post. RM3 has also been removed and only the center post remains. Did not try to recover the drill holes for RM1 and RM2 referenced in the RM5 (MY3830) datasheet although RM2 is probably under the rock cairn at the peak. Also recovered the magnetic station EAST WATATIC 1936 on the nearby east peak.

king.hubi and Papa-Bear-NYC logs appear to very accurate and both are interesting reads. Like Papa-Bear-NYC we made the trek to Borden state line and county line markers (and the nearby Borden geocache). Great place to benchmark.

[Photos:]
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET [closeup]
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET RM4 [closeup]
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET RM5 [closeup]
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET RM3 [closeup]
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET [gps]
photoEAST WATATIC 1936 [closeup]
photoEAST WATATIC 1936 [gps]

Found it while enjoying the view. I think the view is even nicer from the nearby, slightly lower East Watatic peak. Didn't look for any caches on this trip.

Found this one while enjoying the views from the summit.

Up for an early morning hike and found this with out any trouble.

Second one

Found the station together with my wife on a sunny monday easter hike.

In addition to the log from Papa-Bear-NYC on 07/17/2008 I can say that we also found the remains of reference mark 3. It is located 6.9 meter north-west of the station. Only the very center of reference mark 3 was found showing only a little cross which was part of the arrow pointing to the station.

We also found the magnetic station EAST WATATIC 1936 which is located on the lower east peak of Mount Watatic. The disk shows a star in the middle and was found in a good condition.

King Hubi

[Photos:]
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET [closeup]
located at N42°41.805 W071°53.553
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET [area facing west]
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET RM3 [closeup]
located at N42°41.808 W071°53.556
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET RM3 [area facing south]
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET RM4 [closeup]
located at N42°41.806 W071°53.548
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET RM4 [area facing west]
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET RM5 [closeup]
located at N42°41.801 W071°53.557
photoMY6361 - WATATICK 2 RESET RM5 [area facing north]
photoEAST WATATIC 1936 [closeup]
located at N42°41.758 W071°53.489 - this is the magnetic station on the lower east peak of Mount Watatic
photoEAST WATATIC 1936 [area facing west]
up to Mount Watatic - you can see the cairn on the summit

Found it while hiking for a cache as well! :) Enjoyed the beautiful views!

Found while hiking up to Mount Watatic. 2 reference marks are intact; benchmark destroyed.

[Photos:]
photoWatatick 2 Reset
Destroyed
photoRM 5
photoRM 1

Found it while hiking with friends.

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photoP2060427

Found, as well as East Watatic 1936.

had supper right on top of it...

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photowatatic 4-2009 006

I spent July 16, 17 & 18 doing some benchmark hunting in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. My goal was to sacrifice quantity for quality and search for some of the marks set in the early surveys of the area in the 19th century.

Thursday the 17th was devoted to Monadnock and Watatick. I spent much of the morning on Monadnock, so the afternoon was for Watatick.

The hike up starts at the parking lot on route 119. The distance is a bit over a mile and it is an easy hike.

The station is near the footings of the old Fire Tower where there is a big cairn. The station mark is damaged and only the very center of the disk remains. But the triangle and datum point are there so the station is still good from a surveyors prospective.

RM5 (a separate station, MY3830) was found as described, but none of the other RMs were found except RM4, which was not at the location described.

[b]I believe the data on the datasheet for MY3830 is in error.[/b] The original documentation gives azimuths to the RMs which differ by about 31 degrees from those published on the datasheet. Unfortunately I did not have time to hunt them down and measure corrected azimuths, but be forewarned of this if you search for them. I suspect they are all there, but not where the box score points.

I also tried to find the old station WATATICK referred to in the original documentation as being about 7 feet northwest of this station. Unfortunately that puts it under the side of the cairn, and I gave up after a brief attempt to move the rocks and dig for it. I expect it's there for some more adventurous searcher. It was set by Borden in the 1830s, so it would be a good find.

[b]Note also[/b] that the datasheet gives the monumentation date as 1937. However since this is a RESET of the original WATATIC 2, the original monumentation date should be given as 1895, and 1937 as the RESET date. The original stamping of the disk "WATATICK 2 1895 1937" (now missing) refected this.

After leaving this station, I continued along the Wapack Trail (yellow triangles) to the state line, took a left and found the Borden 1834 monument, and the 1884 monument marking the point where Middlesex and Worcester County lines (and the Ashburnham and Ashby town lines) terminate at the NH line.

The Borden Boundary Monument was worth the extra 2 miles of hiking. It's just past the stone wall marking the state line and it's in great shape.

[Photos:]
photoMY6361 WATATICK 2 RESET, Ashburham, MA
View from RM5. The station is between the 2 concrete footings to the right of the cairn.
photoMY6361 WATATICK 2 RESET, Ashburham, MA
Eye level view. Only the center of the disk remains.
photoMY6361 WATATICK 2 RESET, Ashburham, MA
Closeup of station disk
photoMY6361 WATATICK 2 RESET, Ashburham, MA
Closeup showing the outline of the original chiseled triangle which was around the 1895 drill hole.
photoMY6361 WATATICK 2 RM4, Ashburham, MA
photoMY6361 WATATICK 2 RM4, Ashburham, MA
photoMY6361 WATATICK 2 RM5, Ashburham, MA
photoMY6361 WATATICK 2 RM5, Ashburham, MA
photoMY3831 WATATICK location, Ashburnham, MA
Approximate location of the old station. The datasheet is non-publishable.
photoMY3831 WATATICK location, Ashburnham, MA
Approximate location of the old station. I gave up when I decided the whole cairn might fall on me.
photoBorden 1834 State Line monument
photoBorden 1834 State Line monument
photoBorden 1834 State Line monument
The line on the copper bolt marks the NH/MA state line
photoNH/MA - Middlesex/Worcester Boundary monument
photoMY6361 WATATICK 2, Ashburnham MA
Original documentation from CGS Special Pub. No. 76 "Triangulation in Massachusetts"(1822)
photoWatatick locations from early documentation
Locations and azimuths to nearby stations from Spec. Pub. No. 76.
photoInverse method (1922)
photoAdjustment of station

Found this one also on the top of the mountain.

Found on a highpointing trip. Great views!

Found in good condition. Nice day to cache.

Found in good condition.

I found it, but at a price - apparently I had to give myself to the black flies! I ended up with at least two dozen 'red spots' as I looked for reference marks on the peak. I found RM 5 and RM 4, plus another remnant of one to the north.

[Photos:]
photoMY6361 Triangle - rest missing
photoMY6361 from RM5 to Summit

beautiful day for a great walk, this is always a great spot, did the 2 geocaches too as part of a loop

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photoIMG_0295.JPG

This is a really nice summit.

After doing the cache up here came to this benchmark triangle and 2 of the reference marks 4&5, then headed over to the East summit to find the magnetic reference mark.

[This entry was edited by trainlove on Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 10:07:24 AM.]

Good condition. Already pics so I won't post mine.

Found on the way to a geocache.

We found this today on the way to Mt. What the heck. I love this spot!

Bring a sled and get down faster!

Found this mark (somewhat damaged) and photographed it

Here is the picture of the mark. It was a gorgeous day

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photomy6361.jpg
N 42° 41.806 W 071° 53.553

Seems I have found this one damaged.
Brass bolt is visible, but disc has been removed.

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photoMY6361

Found it.

I found RM #5 and RM #1, but they seemed to point to a bolt stamped with a triangle and center punch. If there is a disk, perhaps it is under the large cairn...?

N 42° 41.803 W 071° 53.542

This must be the one I found, the reset benchmark.

The one on the south peak, which has the star of david on it, is not listed.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1937 by MAGS (MONUMENTED)
09/26/1983 by MAGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY MASSACHUSETTS GEODETIC SURVEY 1983 THE STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. A NEW DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS. THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 6.8 KM (4.25 MI) NORTH OF ASHBURNHAM, 1.6 KM (1.00 MI) SOUTH OF THE MASSACHUSETTS-NEW HAMPSHIRE STATELINE ON THE SUMMIT OF THE HIGHER OF THE TWIN PEAKS OF WATATICK MOUNTAIN, AT A FIRE OBSERVATION TOWER AND IS IN THE TOWN OF ASHBURNHAM. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE JUNCTION OF STATE ROUTES 101 AND 119, ABOUT 4 MILES NORTH OF ASHBURNHAM, GO EAST ON ROUTE 119 FOR 0.16 KM (0.10 MI) TO A CROSSROAD. TURN LEFT ANG GO NORTHEAST ON PILLSBURY ROAD FOR ABOUT 1.8 KM (1.10 MI) TO A T-ROAD. TURN LEFT AND GO NORTHWEST ON BENNETT ROAD FOR ABOUT 0.48 KM (0.30 MI) TO A FORK. TAKE THE LEFT FORK AND GO WESTERLY FOR ABOUT 0.6 KM (0.40 MI) TO THE END OF THE ROAD. A JEEP TRAIL LEADS TO THE SUMMIT OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE STATION. THE STATION IS A DISK SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN THE ROCK LEDGE AT GROUND LEVEL AND IS LOCATED IN LINE WITH THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE TWO WEST CONCRETE PIERS OF THE FIRE TOWER AND IS 1.7 M (5.6 FT) NORTH OF THE SOUTHWEST PIER.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in June 1998.
  • The NAVD 88 height was computed by applying the VERTCON shift value to the NGVD 29 height (displayed under SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL.)
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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