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Details for Benchmark: PE1962

N 44° 26.040 W 068° 35.441 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 922

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

Location:
In HANCOCK county, ME View Original Datasheet
Designation:
BLUE HILL RESET
Marker Type:
drill hole
Setting:
in rock outcrop
Stability:

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Found the station and its three accompanying RMs during a pleasant hike up the hill, which really could have been named after the plethora of blueberries on its slopes instead of after the nearby copper mines, but that's a whole different matter. All disks were in good operating order.

Recovered station and RM 1, 2 and 3 in good condition.

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photoPE1962 - BLUE HILL RESET, HANCOCK county, ME
photoPE1962 - BLUE HILL RESET, HANCOCK county, ME
w/GPS
photoPE1962 - BLUE HILL RESET, HANCOCK county, ME
Location - At end of hiking pole
photoPE1962 - BLUE HILL RESET, RM1
photoPE1962 - BLUE HILL RESET, RM2
photoPE1962 - BLUE HILL RESET, RM3

Found all 4 disks at the fire tower. Incredible views, highly recommend the climb.

There are actually 4 benchmark disks that we found on top of the hill. Reference mark 3 is under the tower, 1 and 2 are 20-some feet to the east and south, respectively, and the station mark is at the 4th corner of the square formed by the other 3. Hard to believe it's been up here so long..

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1862 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1862 (COB) ON THE HIGH HILL OF THAT NAME ON THE W SIDE OF BLUE HILL BAY, ABOUT 4 MILES NW BY N OF WOODS POINT, AND 1-1/2 MILES N BY E OF THE VILLAGE OF BLUE HILL. THE STATION IS ON THE SUMMIT AND COMMANDS AN EXTENSIVE VIEW IN ALL DIRECTIONS, ITS ELEVATION BEING OVER 940 FEET. IT IS MARKED BY A DRILLED HOLE IN A ROCK.
1/1/1930 by MEGS (MARK NOT FOUND)
RECOVERY NOTE BY MAINE GEODETIC SURVEY 1930 I VISITED THIS HILL ON JULY 28, 1930, BUT FAILED TO FIND THE STATION MARK. THERE WAS A LARGE PILE OF STONES, PERHAPS TEN OR FIFTEEN FEET IN DIAMETER AT THE BASE, WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN OVER THE STATION, BUT I HAD NO MEANS OF DETERMINING THAT. THE SUMMIT IS MORE OR LESS WOODED, WITH A LIMITED VIEW.
1/1/1933 by MEGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY MAINE GEODETIC SURVEY 1933 WHEN I VISITED THE HILL IN 1930 I FOUND AT THE SUMMIT A PILE OF STONES, ABOUT 15 FEET IN DIAMETER, AND I THOUGHT THAT THE STATION MIGHT BE UNDER IT. I MADE TWO VISITS TO THE HILL DURING THE SUMMER OF 1933 AND REMOVED THE STONES FROM THE CENTRAL PART OF THE PILE, EXPOSING SEVERAL SQUARE FEET OF THE LEDGE, BUT I FAILED TO FIND ANY DRILL HOLE. I DID FIND AN OLD STAKE, ABOUT 2-1/2 FEET LONG, BURIED IN A VERTICAL POSITION AMONG THE ROCKS, THE STAKE APPEARING TO HAVE BEEN MADE FROM THE TOP OF A SMALL SPRUCE TREE. UNDER THE STAKE WAS A CREVICE OR HOLE IN THE LEDGE SEVERAL INCHES DEEP AND FILLED WITH DIRT, BROKEN GLASS, ETC. IT MAY BE POSSIBLE THAT A PIECE OF THE LEDGE, PERHAPS CONTAINING THE DRILL HOLE, MAY HAVE BEEN BROKEN OFF. NO CONCLUSIONS SHOULD BE REACHED, HOWEVER, AS TO THE EXISTENCE OF THE STATION MARK, WITHOUT REMOVING THE REMAINING STONES AND MAKING A CAREFUL SEARCH. I FOUND TWO RATHER SHALLOW DRILL HOLES, EACH ABOUT 20 FEET FROM THE CENTER OF THE PILE, TO THE E AND S RESPECTIVELY, AND SOMEWHAT LOWER, AND THESE MAY BE REFERENCE MARKS, ALTHOUGH NONE ARE MENTIONED IN THE ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION. THEY MAY ALSO HAVE SERVED TO ANCHOR A SIGNAL STRUCTURE. THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER LEDGES ON THE SUMMIT AND I EXAMINED THEM WITHOUT FINDING ANY DRILL HOLES OR OTHER MARKS. VIEW OPEN TO S BUT OBSTRUCTED BY TREES TO N. THE STATION MAY BE REACHED FROM A ROAD WHICH SKIRTS THE SOUTHERLY SIDE OF THE HILL AND WHICH RUNS FROM HIGHWAY 106, OPPOSITE THE BLUE HILL FAIR GROUNDS, NE OF THE VILLAGE OF BLUE HILL, TO THE SAME HIGHWAY 106 NNW OF THE VILLAGE. AT A POINT ABOUT 0.85 MILE FROM THE EASTERN END AND ABOUT 0.45 MILE FROM THE WESTERN END OF THE ROAD A TRAIL LEADS TO THE SUMMIT. THE ENTRANCE IS SOMEWHAT OBSCURE BUT THE TRAIL IS EASY TO FOLLOW WHEN FOUND AND THE ASCENT CAN BE MADE COMFORTABLY IN LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR.
1/1/1934 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1934 (KGC) ON THE SUMMIT OF THE VERY PROMINENT HILL KNOWN AS BLUE HILL (ELEVATION 940 FEET) WHICH LIES ON THE W SIDE OF BLUE HILL BAY AND ABOUT 1-1/2 MILES N OF THE TOWN OF BLUE HILL. THE STATION IS MARKED BY A STANDARD BRONZE DISK WEDGED IN A DRILL HOLE IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK, AND IS ON THE EASTERNMOST OF THE TWO FLAT LEDGES WHICH FORM THE SUMMIT OF THE HILL AND ABOUT THE CENTER OF THE LEDGE. REFERENCE MARKS ARE STANDARD BRONZE DISKS WEDGED IN DRILL HOLES IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK, AND ARE S OF W AND NW OF THE STATION RESPECTIVELY. A VERY CONFUSING FEATURE AT THE TIME OF THIS RECOVERY WAS A PROMINENT MOUND OF ROCKS ON THE WESTERNMOST LEDGE WHICH LED TO THE BELIEF THAT THE STATION WAS AT THAT POINT. THIS MOUND IS NOW SOMEWHAT SCATTERED BUT IS STILL VERY APPARENT. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE TOWN OF BLUE HILL, GO N ABOUT 1-1/2 MILES ON HIGHWAY 15 TO THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE FAIR GROUNDS. TURN LEFT W ON GRAVEL ROAD AND FOLLOW 0.8 MILE TO A POINT 50 FEET E OF TELEPHONE POLE NO. 3-33. FROM HERE FOLLOW THE TRAIL N ACROSS THE MEADOW TO WHERE IT ENTERS A VALLEY IN THE HILL. FROM HERE THE TRAIL LEADS TO THE SUMMIT ABOUT 3/4 MILE. A 20-FOOT TRIPOD AND SCAFFOLD OF NATIVE TIMBER WAS BUILT OVER THE STATION AND ROCKS WERE PILED AROUND THE LEGS FOR ANCHORAGE.
1/1/1944 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1944 (FLP) STATION AND REFERENCE MARKS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. DISTANCE TO REFERENCES MEASURED AND CHECKED. DESCRIPTION ADEQUATE EXCEPT IN ROUTING. TELEPHONE POLE 3-33 HAS APPARENTLY BEEN RENUMBERED AND ROUTING SHOULD BE CHANGED AS FOLLOWS--TO A POINT ABOUT 75 METERS E OF SMALL WOODEN CULVERT WHERE DRAIN CROSSES ROAD, AND WHERE FARM BUILDINGS ARE ON S SIDE OF ROAD. FROM HERE FOLLOW OLD ROAD N ACROSS THE MEADOW AND TRAIL UP SIDE OF HILL TO STATION.
1/1/1953 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1953 (FBQ) STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED IN 1934. CREST OF THE HILL IS NOW MARKED BY A U.S. FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT TOWER WHICH IS 53 FT. NW OF THE STATION. THERE IS NOW A JEEP ROAD FOLLOWING THE OLD TRAIL TO THE CREST.
1/1/1956 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1956 (IRR) THE STATION MARK AND REFERENCE MARKS 1 AND 2 WERE RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. THE DISTANCES TO THE REFERENCE MARKS WERE VERIFIED. THE 1934 RECOVERY NOTE BY K.G.C. IS ADEQUATE WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS AND ADDITIONS-- THE STATION MARK IS STAMPED BLUE HILL 1862 1934. THE REFERENCE MARKS ARE STAMPED BLUE HILL 1862 1934 NO 1 AND NO 2, RESPECTIVELY. THE TELEPHONE POLE HAS NO NUMBER. THE STATION CAN BEST BE REACHED BY FOLLOWING THE TRAIL AS DESCRIBED IN THE 1934 RECOVERY NOTE. THERE IS, HOWEVER, AN OLD JEEP ROAD LEADING TO THE SUMMIT. A FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT TOWER IS 52.54 FT. NW OF THE STATION. THIS TOWER WAS LOCATED BY THIRD-ORDER TRIANGULATION METHODS IN 1956.
1/1/1958 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1958 (CFM) STATION MARK AND REFERENCE MARKS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED AND IN GOOD CONDITION. BLUE HILL FIRE TOWER LOCATED N.W. OF STATION BLUE HILL WAS ESTABLISHED BY C.F. MERRIAM AS FOLLOWS-- DISTANCE FROM STATION BLUE HILL TO EAST LEG OF TOWER IS 41.14 FEET. DISTANCE FROM R.M. 1 TO EAST LEG OF TOWER IS 24.47 FEET. DISTANCE FROM R.M. 1 TO SOUTH LEG OF TOWER IS 24.06 FEET. DISTANCE FROM R.M. 2 TO NORTH LEG OF TOWER IS 25.81 FEET. OFFICE NOTE--BLUE HILL FIRE TOWER WAS LOCATED BY TRAVERSE IN 1956 BY I.R.R.
1/1/1960 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1960 (HRL) THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED AND ALL MARKS FOUND TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION. THE PREVIOUS DESCRIPTION IS ADEQUATE WITH THE FOLLOWING CHANGES-- THE ROUTE 15 MENTIONED IS NOW STATE HIGHWAY 172 AND THE GRAVEL ROAD HAS BEEN PAVED. BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY OF TRANSPORTING A STEEL TOWER UP TO THE STATION A NEW REFERENCE MARK (NO. 3) WAS SET UNDER THE LOOKOUT TOWER OF THE MAINE FOREST SERVICE, A FOUR FOOT WOODEN STAND BUILT INSIDE THE TOWER AND THE REFERENCE MARK OCCUPIED. REFERENCE MARK NO 3 IS 6 FEET SOUTH OF THE NORTH LEG OF THE TOWER AND 7 FEET NORTH OF THE NORTH EDGE OF THE STAIRS. THE DISTANCE TO THE STATION BLUE HILL WAS TRAVERSED AND FOUND TO BE 16.566 METERS
1/1/1983 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1983 (ELG) BLUE HILL 1862 1934 BLUE HILL NO 1 1862 1934 BLUE HILL NO 2 1862 1934 RECOVERED GOOD. THE STATION AND REFERENCE MARKS WERE RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED AND FOUND TO BE 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 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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