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Details for Benchmark: MZ1556

N 42° 02.846 W 072° 20.411 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1211

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

Location:
In HAMPDEN county, MA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
PEAKED MOUNTAIN
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Reference Points

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Not recovered, not found. I too found the 3/4" drill hole that is 10.93 ft at 261° from MZ1557 as well as a second 1/2" drill hole located 2 ft at 56° from MZ1557. Neither are surrounded by a triangle. I tend to agree with ddnutzy and the 1934 recovery text that suggest that MZ1557 could well have been sited in the original MZ1556 drill hole. It is unfortunate that the MZ1557 datasheet does not include a station description from the monumentation date - which could have clarified if this was the case.

found the summit one with the triangle around it along with #2 and#3 markers the #1 marker is missing but steel pin is still in rock where it was.hot day up there

From the discription I'm inclined to think that the disk that is Peaked Mt.2(MZ1557) is in the drill hole that used to be Peaked Mt. (Mz1556)

I Found a drill hole 10'11" west of the peaked mt 2 disk but there was no triangle around it. There was what looked like some chiseled lines on the west and north sides.

[This entry was edited by ddnutzy on Monday, October 18, 2004 at 3:19:24 AM.]

[This entry was edited by ddnutzy on Monday, October 18, 2004 at 3:26:06 AM.]

[Photos:]
photoDrill hole to the west of Peaked Mt disk
photoPencil in background is hole disk is in foreground
photolooking west from where MZ1556 should be
MZ1556 Arrow in foreground is 10' from MZ1557

Looks like I found a ref point not the BM itself , thank you ddnutzy for pointing this out .

Spent some time looking for this one today but with the same results as the 1934 attemp: no luck. Did fine what appears to have been a drill hole but without anything else around it. It may be possible that when Peaked Mt 2 was established that the station or one of its reference marks was this old benchmark.

See MZ1557 Peaked Mt 2

I originally logged this as a find but fellow 'cacher W1QA emailed me and explained it's actually just a reference marker for the other Peaked Mountain marker, #MZ1557. Oops!

I live within walking distance of Peaked mountain and hike up there often (sometimes on snow shoes) so I'll have to hunt for it again one day.

[last edit: 11/27/2003 7:38:33 PM PST]

[last edit: 11/27/2003 7:39:46 PM PST]

[Photos:]
photoPeaked Mountain

Documented History (by the NGS)

Unknown by (MONUMENTED)
1/1/1885 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1885 STATION IS THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE TOWN MONSON, ON LAND OWNED BY MISS ELLA J. BRADWAY. THE STATION IS ON A PINNACLE OF THE HIGHEST PART OF THE LEDGE, THE HIGHEST ON THE HILL. THE ROCK SLOPES TO THE W AND NW AND BREAKS OFF ABRUPTLY TO THE E. IT IS SURROUNDED BY A THICK GROWTH OF BRUSH. THE STATION IS MARKED WITH A DRILL HOLE IN A ROCK SURROUNDED BY A TRIANGLE.
1/1/1934 by MAGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY MASSACHUSETTS GEODETIC SURVEY 1934 THIS STATION COULD NOT BE FOUND AFTER AN HOURS SEARCH. THE LAND NOW BELONGS TO C.P. BRADWAY. THE DESCRIPTION THE STATION IS ON A PINNACLE..............BREAKS OFF ABRUPTLY TO THE E, CAN APPARENTLY APPLY TO STATION PEAKED MOUNTAIN 2. THE LEDGE 10 FEET E OF THE STATION PEAKED MOUNTAIN 2 IS ABOUT 3 OR 4 FEET LOWER BECAUSE THE LEDGE BREAKS OFF ABRUPTLY JUST E OF STATION PEAKED MOUNTAIN 2.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in June 1998.
  • 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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