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Details for Benchmark: NJ0770

N 42° 02.060 W 091° 35.824 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In LINN county, IA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
MARION FIRST PRESB CH SPIRE
Marker Type:
church spire
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Can’t miss this church spire!

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Stopped by to claim a few benchmarks in the area. Spire still standing tall.

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photoChurch spire
Church spire

Totally have used church spires for azimuth reference in my profession over the years. Can verify this church spire is still there.

spotted while geocaching in the area.

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Nice, very historic

Out from Bend Oregon for a little little work and a little caching. I was in Dallas on Monday and Tuesday and here for a couple of days. A big thanks to the local cachers for all my smiles.

We are Geocaching the world one cache at a time!  May the wind be at your back and the sun shine warm upon your face.
TFTC!!
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And there are leaves on the trees

Spire cap was removed for re-roofing in 2006, but probably replaced within original accuracy 3rd order accuracy .

Triangulation and GPS OPUS sessions at nearby ground positions find spire at NAD83(2011 epoch 2010.0) N42 02 03.57234 W091 35 49.41460 with 0.1 ft uncertainty. This is 0.508 m (1.67 ft) at 100 deg from the NAD83(96) position, versus GEOCON2.0 prediction of 0.0112 m. The 1996 to 2011 difference is in similar direction and somewhat larger than seen at NJ0775 MORRIS and RM3 of NJ0769 HAAS.

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Drove by to verify this is still there!

IowaBeaver

Drive past these churches many times.

Still there! Seen it many times, but counted today as found as I picked up my Turkey Trot registration stuff at 1st Methodist today and did some Marion caching. Keep standing tall, benchmark.

Both churches at this corner are quite beautiful, inside and out.

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Beautiful landmark.

The churches on this corner are beautiful. I drive by them everyday.

Drive by this almost everyday. Decided I should log my visit. :)

I drive by this all the time. I thought I should log it at least. I need to invest in a camera to take with me for this.

Found today with the family.

Lived here all my life. Driven passed this building countless times. Today, I took it's picture.

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photoFirst Pres. Church

Drive by here at least twice a day, decided I should log it for once!

I have passed by this church for several years. Did not realize this was a benchmark.

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have been buy this church lots of times in last 40 years never stopped to look at it as I did today , beautiful stone work

Beautiful sone on this one.

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photoFirst Presb. Church

Found this today with the sun finally shining, it looked very nice.

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I was married here on September 24, 1988. My wife has since died. But the church is still here and I am a member.

I liked the white brick building.

Within handheld accuracy of listed coordinates. Cornerstone 1884.

Note nearby intersection station NJ0772 Marion Municipal Tank in the NGS data base did not make it into the groundspeak data. My picture of the churches indicates the former location of the tank, just east of the garage door of the white building at 1105 8th Ave.

[This entry was edited by Bill93 on Monday, January 03, 2005 at 10:28:23 AM.]

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Located as described. Picures to follow. Lat/Long coordinates were very accurate. Did not take my own readings.

[last edit: 8/11/2003 12:24:08 PM PST]

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Just across the street from NJ0771

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Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1934 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1934 (CAS) STATION IS THE TIP OF THE SPIRE SURMOUNTING THE SQUARE STONE TOWER ON THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. THE CHURCH IS A WHITE STONE BUILDING WITH A SQUARE STONE TOWER AT THE SE CORNER OVER THE MAIN ENTRANCE. THE SPIRE IS SQUARE AND IS COVERED WITH GRAY SLATE AND HAS AN ORNATE FINIAL AT ITS TIP. THE BUILDING WAS ERECTED IN 1884. THE SPIRE IS NOT VERY PROMINENT. THE CHURCH IS AT THE NW CORNER OF 12TH STREET AND 8TH AVENUE.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in May 1999.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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