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Details for Benchmark: NE1345

N 42° 20.757 W 083° 02.011 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

In WAYNE county, MI View Original Datasheet
Marker Type:
church spire
setting not listed - see description

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Found while geocaching.

photoPhoto proof

I stopped to look at this gorgeous church after an appointment in the city. I chose another building for my 100 benchmark but couldn't help but also visit this one. So beautiful!

photoNE1345 from the front
photoNE1345 Northern spire
photoNE1345 looking from the East
photoNE1345 cityscape

found on a quick trip into Windsor

Spotted while geocaching.

Arrived at 11:00 pm for Midnight Mass in this very beautiful old church. With GCHam who had logged this BM earlier this year.


As others have noted, this is Saint Joseph Church (Sankt Josef Kirche) as Saint Josephat Church is further up I-75. I have been attending services here for the past 10 years or so, and my most memorable service was on the 150th anniversary of the parish. If you ever get a chance to go inside, I think you will enjoy all the artwork. Picture later.

GCHam 5/25/16 #45

photoOld St. Joe's

Discovered on the way home...
Logged with GCDroid.

Out with Team-Gates finding benchmarks around Detroit. I had never logged this until now! I didn't realize how many things we see every day were benchmarks!


Found this one with Alona!

Visited Belle Isle today. Snapped this photo of the church spire as we drove past.

OCCD driving the truck. Benchmark in good condition.

photoSaint Josephat Spire NE1345.

As the winds took a beating on this marker it is still in place and here is a birds eye view of it.

photoSt. J

Got this one after stopping at eastern market

did this one while we had a bit of time on our hands last year.

Had this picture of St. Joseph from waymarking, didn't know it was also a benchmark until today.

photoThe church spire at night.

I was in the area and spotted the church. Everything is in fine shape. -SLT

photoView East of Benchmark NE1345

I've seen the St. Josephat spiral on the way to WSU quite a few times. I dind't know it was a benchmark though.

I've seen this spire (the one in Rattrack's photos) many times. I just passed it and made the find.

This one is an easy find.

Out and about with Rattrak this day playing detective in our search for benchmarks in the City of Detroit. This is particulary interesting case. As Rattrak mentions in his log, we drove to St. Josephat Church on Canfield near I75 expressway and took pictures of the tallest spire there. We again read the description and and I said that must be St Joseph Church at Gratiot and Orleans. Rattrak had the coords in his GPSr and looked and told me that we were not near the coords by a couple miles. We drove to St Joseph Church and found the correct spire.

photoSt Josephat
Picture of St Josephat corner of Canfield and Interstate 75
photoSt Josephat spire
Landmark church and spire
photoSt Joseph Church
Just blocks from Eastern Market, this church is often referred to as "Old st Joe's".
photoSt Joseph spire
The church spire at Old St Joe's

Out with Brummelbear looking for a few Benchmarks in the city. This was a confussing yet interesting find today. Though 2 others have claimed the find on this benchmark neither has posted a picture. The confusion comes in because the discription and the co-ords take you to 2 seperate churches. The discription said St. Josephat well this church spire is at N42 21.384 W083 03.159. Is this the spire that others have logged? Now the co-ords take you to St. Joseph church spire which is just a couple of miles away. We are including both sets of pictures as to show it is found. The others that claim the find may not have really made the find.
It is clear why you are supposed to post pictures to claim find.

photoNE1345 Overview.JPG
photoSpire @ St. Josephat.JPG
photoSt. Josephat.JPG

Drive by this one very often.


Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1977 by NGS (GOOD)
01/01/1988 by USPSQD (MARK NOT FOUND)
10/30/1999 by USPSQD (GOOD)

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in February 1997.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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