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Details for Benchmark: PE1961

N 44° 26.043 W 068° 35.452 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 928

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

Location:
In HANCOCK county, ME View Original Datasheet
Designation:
BLUE HILL LOOKOUT TOWER 1956
Marker Type:
lookout tower
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Found where old tower was but not marker

N 44° 26.043 W 068° 35.453

As previously noted mark has been destroyed by the removal of the tower, so I'm recorded a DNF since you can't find what isn't there. The footings remain however, along with the nice view.
edexterf

[Photos:]
photoView from the site, footing's still there.

Unfortunately this one is gone, wish I had visited before it came down. The foundations are clearly visible still.

[Photos:]
photoPE1961 - destroyed
You can see the footings for the old tower here. As previous logs state this tower was taken down.

Found on family hike. I remember climbing the Lookout Tower for amazing views, a thrill when the wind was blowing... New tower full of electronics and great view beneath of Blue Hill Fairgrounds, Mt Dessert/Bar Harbor and NE' bays.

They took the tower down last summer, before someone got hurt on it.

[Photos:]
photoGorgeous April Day
Looking towards where the tower was, from the benchmark.

There was talk of the Town taking the tower down soon. I wonder what they decided.

[Photos:]
photoWarm December day

The tower's still there, although the chain across the base of the steps and 'climb at your own risk' sign are gone since last year.

Did not climb, just looked.

Found while looking for the cache.

Found it while looking for the cache on the same hill.

Found while placing the cache.
Jeff~N~Betsy

It was standing 7/12/00 when I was there, in good condition. Lots of worse towers have been restored for historical reasons.

I wish the officials who ordered it removed and the liability lawyers who advised them were arrested for vandalism.

http://www.geocities.com/rainforest/vines/5923/bhill.jpg

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1956 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1956 (IRR) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 13 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ELLSWORTH ON THE SUMMIT OF THE VERY PROMINENT HILL KNOWN AS BLUE HILL AND 1.5 MILES NORTH OF THE TOWN OF BLUE HILL, THE HILL IS ABOUT 940 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. THE STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE TOP OF A FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT TOWER. THE TOWER IS A SKELETON STEEL STRUCTURE WITH HOUSE ATOP. IT IS 70 FEET HIGH AND 52.540 FEET NORTHWEST OF GROUND STATION BLUE HILL 1862.
1/1/1983 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1983 (ELG) STATION RECOVERED GOOD. THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. THE TOWER IS MANNED BY THE MAINE FOREST SERVICE AS NEEDED DURING THE SUMMER AND IS IN GOOD CONDITION.
1/1/1983 by NOS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE 1983 (RST) THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED IN GOOD CONDITION.
1/1/1989 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1989 (ELG) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.

Control Text

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