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Details for Benchmark: PV0523

N 44° 35.432 W 104° 42.911 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In CROOK county, WY View Original Datasheet
Designation:
DEVILS TOWER TOP CENTER
Marker Type:
tower
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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We did a lot of driving to to a lot of walking. It was great!

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I was here so I better log it

while geocaching

Found while in the area.

Got it.

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Found it while geocaching. Our first trip to Devils Tower!

Spied on my first ever visit to Devil's Tower!!!!

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photoPV0523

Found the tower on our trip to the midwest. This "benchmark" is the center of the tower and not a disk.

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photoDevil's Tower

geocaching in the area can't miss it

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photoPV0523

Found it on our visit to the tower. We were surprised with tornado warning and hail!!

Still in good shape...

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photoPV0523
DT

Visited the tower today

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photoTower
photoTower

Found with Huff-Suter, who posted our pictures.

Discovered while geocaching nearby!!!!!

We visited the Tower on our west to Seattle.

Visited the tower

Found it at our visit to Devils Tower

Discovered while visiting the tower. On a 11 day geocaching adventure we found hides in 15 states.

Found on a trip to SD, ND WY and CO with Rich & Lola and Mr. Kirbydox.

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photoDevil's Tower

Observed from 52 miles NW along Butte Crk Rd in Powder River County, Montana. Local rancher told me about this spot over a year ago. Three Common Poorwill and one Common Nighthawk seen along the roads from Moorhead CG (free BLM with potable water, fire rings, tables and vault toilet).

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Visited Devils Tower on our trip to Mt. Rushmore after GeoWoodstock 14er in Denver, Co.

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photoPV0523

Seen during my visit to Devil's Tower

during our visit

Found this one while geocaching in the area.

Found on Vacation

Great to see this again. Still an amazing sight.

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photoat the tower

Heading back to Ohio from the Block Party via Yellowstone and Devil's Tower with jazzbiscuit.

Visited Devils Tower on our trip to Mt. Rushmore.

On our Summer Road Trip, enjoying the sights and waymarking along the way. Visited the Buffalo Jump interesting bit of early American history. Thank You for adding to our adventures!

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photoDevil's Tower, WY

Another birding trip - another distant photo op from southern Montana.

Hey, folks with all the bogus pictures of brass near the visitor center, this is the way an intersection point was meant to be used!

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photoFROM RIDGE RD TO DEVILS TWR-3774
photoDEVILS TWR FROM 31.1 MI NORTH-3785

Found while earthcaching at Devils Tower.

From the datasheet for this control "THE TOWER RISES TO A HEIGHT OF 1,280 FEET FROM THE RIVER BED AND SOME 865 FEET FROM ITS APPARENT BASE ON THE HILL TOP. THE DIAMETER AT ITS BASE IS APPROXIMATELY 1,000 FEET, AND AT THE TOP AVERAGES 275 FEET. THE POINT INTERSECTED WAS THE APPROXIMATE CENTER OF THE TOP."
This does not refer to the BM in the parking lot, that mark is not in the database. As stated above the mark is the approximate center of the top of the laccolith.
Recovered today as described in good condition.

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photoThe mark
photoLooking NNW from Rt 24

Although I don't believe this is the correct place for this log, I could not find a reference for the R4 that is pictured here ... on the ground, but not at the top of Devil's Tower. I see others have logged here as well, so it will have to do.

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photodevil spot

They even sell replicas of this in the gift store so I got to take home a little copy of it. I think I might make it a trackable! :)

Found while visiting the area for caches

Saw it;-)

geetings Pimpuli^^

What a sight to beholf

We were on our family trip out west from Minnesota and stopped by here to check out the tower, very cool. We found the benchmark between the buildings and took many photos of this one.

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photoThe kids near Benchmark

Neat plus to log on our visit to this special spot

Found today.

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photoIMG_2486

Found on trip out west.

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photoDevils Tower National Monument
Wyoming, USA

JUST ABOUT THE ONLY INTERSECTION/SPIRE WORTH LOOKING FOR. AND STILL SOMETHING OVER HALF THE LOGS ARE ERRONEOUS.

SEEN TODAY FROM N45 02 55.6 W-104 58 28.6 ELEVATION 3944, FROM WHERE THE TOWER BEARS 158 DEGREES 34.16 MILE (GE HAS IT AT 34.14 MILES).

GET IT RIGHT, FOLKS!

This entry was edited by kayakbird on Sunday, 04 August 2013 at 12:39:01 UTC.

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photoDEVILS TWR 2013-0776
ABOVE THE NEAR KNOB WHICH IS ABOVE THE FENCE POST
photoDEVILS TWR 2009-0777
RE-DO FROM THE 2009 LAT/LONG

A ranger in the visitor's center pointed us the way to this benchmark. It is in excellent condition.
notBillyBob

Found it in good shape.

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photoPV0523

We camped at Devils Tower for the last few days. We hiked the Tower Trail today and saw the R4 disk near the Visitors Center. I've attached a pic of that disk also, but this benchmark is actually the top of the tower itself.

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photoR4 Benckmark Disk - Near Devils Tower
photoPV0523 - Devils Tower Itself

I traveled with two other people on a 13-day trip to parts of SD, MT and WY. At Devils Tower Richard stayed in car; not sure what Molly did. I took several photographs of Devils Tower and visited the Visitor Center with exhibits about the Tower's history and geology. It was simply too hot to walk around the base of Devils Tower. I would have liked to look for the historic wooden ladder.

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photoDevils Tower Top Center Benchmark

Took the Devils Tower GeoCoin to visit its namesake!

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photoDevil's Tower
TB coin
N 44° 35.450 W 104° 43.240

I found this Benchmark while visiting Devil's Tower National Monument. The coordinates included with this log correspond to the position of my Canon GP-E2 GPS (mounted on the hot shoe of a Canon Rebel T4i equipped with an EFS 18-135mm telephoto lens), at the time I took a photograph from directly above the Benchmark. The elevation recorded by the GP-E2 was 1,305.20m.

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photoBenchmark PV0523
Markings on this Benchmark read: R 4, 1933. There is no elevation information imprinted on this Benchmark.
photoBenchmark PV0523 (close-up)
Markings on this Benchmark read: R 4, 1933. There is no elevation information imprinted on this Benchmark. This photo is the origin of the coordinates in the accompanying log.

The one we found was indeed not on the tower but near the ranger station. I had to ask one of the rangers and luckily he new were it was.

Multihunters from Holland

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photoThe R4 mark
photoNot this one :-)

Found this one after noticing the souviniers inside.

Found the R4 mark like everybody else, didn't climb the tower for the referenced mark

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photomark
photoeye level
photofor reference

Found this one while geocaching in the Black Hills.

near the visitor's center

Found the R4 version of this one by the visitor's center.

Since I wasn't going to climb the Tower this trip, I had to settle for R4 (amusingly, there is a herd path straight to this benchmark ). Otherwise I would have definitely looked for something on the summit! Maybe next time...

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photoR4 benchmark

When I 1st pulled this up I thought no way!! So glad is is down on a level most folks can enjoy!!

The point observed for this benchmark is actually the top center of Devils Tower. The U.S. Geological Survey has placed a Benchmark, R 4 about 50 feet west and downhill from the parking area for the Visitor Center. The marker is about 80 to 100 feet south of the Climbing Permit Office which is the building north of the Visitors Center.
My readings for R 4 are N 44° 35.445 W 104°43.242. R 4 is not benchmark PV0523.

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photoPV0523 - DEVILS TOWER TOP CENTER - 1949
This is as close as I am willing to get. The day I was there, July 3rd, I saw four groups, about 15 climbers, on the face of the tower. There may have been more as I didn't go all the way around the tower.
photoR 4 at Devils Tower
This is a U.S. Geological Survey Benchmark set in 1933 on the west side of the parking area of the Visitors Center. So far I have not located any information on this marker. There was a wide mowed path to the marker.
photoR 4
The climbing permit office to the north

Here's a late entry...we were here back in May on a chilly day at the beginning of our trip with Steve. What an awesome place!

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photoDevil's Tower!
Steve and Glenn at Devil's Tower!
photoDevil's Tower!!

Observed from N45 04 51.9 W104 10 35.6 Bears 218 degrees, 42.99 miles.

This entry was edited by kayakbird on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 at 04:09:39 UTC.

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photoPV0523 TOP DEAD CENTER
ON THE FAR HORIZON ABOVE THE NEAR FENCE POST

This one was so easy to locate - we almost missed it :) Also found the disk near the parking area, too.

Found while daytripping out to Wyoming from RC. Greetings from Minnesota.

Quick find with the kids on vacation!

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photoPV0523

Found this while on a vacation visiting the west. Was told this was the correct benchmark.

Found this on the suggestion of a local ranger, who pointed out it's location after we talked about the Earthcache here. Cool site. Thanks!

Saw this while at Devils Tower!

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photoDSC03480

Here's a 2008 pic from the SW, many miles away, while on a bus to Mount Rushmore.

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photoDevil's Tower from the SW, many miles away
It's just to the left of the farm in the center, on the horizon.

Found on a trip with Freckles
This is not the top of the tower, but the marker .3 miles west near the parking lot.

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photothe USGS BM R4
Near the parking lot

Observed from N44 09 07.4 W104 43 07.3

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photoPV0523 DEVILS TOWER 1949
OBSERVED FROM 30 MILES SOUTH ON US 16

Visited Devils Tower while out of vacation

Got this one after buying the pin as well. Very cool site to find a benchmark.

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photodt bechmark

Found this one with my sons on a trip from Ohio.

Found while visiting Devils Tower.

I bought a commemorative benchmark pin and asked a ranger to show me where the benchmark was.

EDIT: it's easy to think that this benchmark listing is for the benchmark "disk" near the ranger station. It is not. It is the Tower itself. The disk itself isn't listed on Geocaching.com so it's easily confused.

This entry was edited by joe_hill on Thursday, 29 July 2010 at 19:14:17.

Walked around this one and found the disc near the Rangers Station.

We found this one and the elevation mark near the parking lot.

"Found" this benchmark while traveling through the National Parks of the West. Also located the elevation benchmark near the parking lot...then showed the ranger where it was at.

Woodwalker and I stopped at Devils Tower on our way to GeoWoodstock VIII in Washington. This is a mighty big tower.

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photoDevils Tower

Wish I had a picture of the parking lot disk too, but one of the more spectacular visible benchmarks one will see.

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photoBenchmark PV0523

PV0523''
''THE TOWER RISES TO A HEIGHT OF 1,280 FEET FROM THE RIVER BED
''AND SOME 865 FEET FROM ITS APPARENT BASE ON THE HILL TOP.
''THE DIAMETER AT ITS BASE IS APPROXIMATELY 1,000 FEET, AND AT THE
''TOP AVERAGES 275 FEET.
''
''THE POINT INTERSECTED WAS THE APPROXIMATE CENTER OF THE TOP.

Found the R4 benchmark. near the Rangers Climbers check-in station.

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photoBenchmark disk
photoSacred site
photoTrail map
photoDevils Tower front
photoDevils Tower backside, with climbers going up

Nice and easy. Compared to the micro teeny nano caches in the area, this was nice to find so easy.

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Park rangers will tell you the benchmark is between the buildings. That one says R 4... Description says it's the tower itself. Talk about an easy find if you happen to be in Wyoming....

I'm confused--data sheet says the TOWER itself is the benchmark but the ranger says the disk between the 2 buildings in the visitor center is the benchmark. Note: 1/2 of the path around the TOWER is closed off for repairs :(

Found it while visiting the tower

Found in good condition. Looks like a lot of folks have this confused with an elevation benchmark disk near the Visitor's Center.

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photoDevil's Tower - East
photoDevil's Tower - West
photoDevil's Tower and Friends
photoDevil's Tower and Circle of Sacred Smoke

I loved this spot.

Found as described

Found this while on a trip for the 4th.

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photoIMG_0779

Found this while on a trip durring the 4th with PCFrog. TFTC

Found this cool benchmark while checking out Devils Tower. Pics attached.

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photoDevils Tower benchmark

Visible from SE Montana. Observed from N45 02 28.7 W104 45 40.4

This entry was edited by kayakbird on Thursday, 21 October 2010 at 06:43:22.

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photoPV0523 DEVILS TOWER
THE VIEW FROM RIDGE ROAD

Asked the Ranger if there was a benchmark on the top of the tower and she pointed me to the one and only in the park--right next to the Ranger station.

Easily seen from 21 miles south on Interstate 90.

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photoDEVILS TOWER TOP CENTER - Crook County, WY

With a little help from the park ranger I was able to find this benchmark which is nice and shiny in good condition.

We had a guided tour to this one from the ranger after we asked him where it was.

Awesome place!

Had a great time at the tower today. The ranger showed us where the benchmark was located.

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photoDevils Tower Benchmark

Found near ranger station after it was pointed out by a ranger.

Found on vacation.

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photoPV0523 Devil's Twr top center, NGS BM

I was talking to the ranger about some virtual and earth caches in the park and he asked if we had found the benchmark. So of course we had to find it too!

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photobenchmark
photoThe Tower

As described.

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photoF:\PV0523; Crook Co, SD.jpg

There is definitely only one of these around! I found the benchmark as well as the obvious tower. I'll upload a photo or two of both. :) Nice location!

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photoFrom a distance of about 15 miles
photoBenchmark with GPS
photoJust the benchmark...
photoTower a little closer.....
photoClimbers....
way up there!

I went to Devils Tower and bought the benchmark. I did not find the USGS mark that is in the park.

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photoDevils Tower, Devils Tower, WY

What a tower!

I resisted the urge to buy the paperweight version.

I also bought the paperweight. looks nice in my collection.
Just one of my many stops on a 5400-plus mile motorcycle trip.

Found on a visit to WY

I bought the paperweight too because I am a great big Dork. As I see in the logs the Benchmark is actually the Tower itself with the disk merely a point of reference to the Tower Benchmark. I'll include the disc & Tower.

Danno

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photoDisc
photoBenchmark

Well, since the USGS didn't seem to actually climb the tower and set a BM, I think I have a right to "cheat" like they did and claim this find anyway.

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photoPark "benchmark"

found on vaction
can anbody post a photo of fake benchmarks?
Like the sell at devils tower

This benchmark is the tower itself. There is NO survey marker.

The survey marker marked R 4 is NOT PV0523. Survey marker R 4 is not listed in the NGS database.

Found it with Mister Mac.

Found it with the GoodDr.

We snagged this one while on vacation. Cool place!

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photoOut of no where
photoThe rangers were helpful in showing us this one

Just like the log below me. Saw the Benchmarks they are selling in the giftshop and asked the Ranger where it was.

I wouldn't call it a Tower. The Benchmark is laid in a stone. I'll try to upload a picture when I return home. We were visiting the Black Hills area in SD and drove up to Devils Tower.

My daughter found the paper weight in the gift shop of this BM so I asked a ranger where it was located and they pointed it out to us.

I can't really claim a find on this one as I will definately never make the climb!

I asked the rangers where the benchmark is and they pointed it out by the ranger station in the parking lot. I took a photo of that bench which I am including here. I see it doesn't appear on the benchmark page, but it was set in 1933...

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photoTower benchmark, just not this one...

A great climb with my wife, Jackie, and Frank Sanders.

Be sure to stay at Devils Tower Lodge if you go there.

Trip report with photos:

http://www.jackieandalan.com/devilstower.html

I actually found this one long before i was into benchmarking and geocaching. I climbed Devil's Tower in May of 2002 with some friends. A great time and the pinnacle of my climbing thus far. A really difficult benchmark to get to!

I too "found" this benchmark many years ago. And a very nice one it is! We liked the view from a distance when we came around a corner and there it was. We also like the prairie dog towns in the fields around the base of the tower.

9/13/91 Surely this must be one of the most imprecise survey stations anywhere, "THE APPROXIMATE CENTER OF THE TOP"

This entry was edited by royswkr on Thursday, 03 September 2015 at 16:59:42 UTC.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1949 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1949 (VRS) THE TOWER IS LOCATED A LITTLE WEST OF THE CENTER OF CROOK COUNTY, WHICH LIES IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF WYOMING, 29 MILES NORTHWEST OF SUNDANCE, AND 33 MILES NORTHEAST OF MOORCROFT. THE TOWER RISES TO A HEIGHT OF 1,280 FEET FROM THE RIVER BED AND SOME 865 FEET FROM ITS APPARENT BASE ON THE HILL TOP. THE DIAMETER AT ITS BASE IS APPROXIMATELY 1,000 FEET, AND AT THE TOP AVERAGES 275 FEET. THE POINT INTERSECTED WAS THE APPROXIMATE CENTER OF THE TOP.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in January 1998.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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