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Details for Benchmark: QE1939

N 44° 56.308 W 123° 01.825 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In MARION county, OR View Original Datasheet
Designation:
SALEM ST CAPITOL STATUE
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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My hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba has a "Golden Boy" atop its legislature. My wife and I remarked how Oregon has a "Golden Man".

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This is a stately building; happy to come across it.

Observed while traveling to/from and attending a Military Reunion.
Old Professor - Tipton, Mo.

2 4 1!

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Recovered as described.

Easy to spot when cruising through Salem

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The Actual benchmark is the top of the statue..The statue itself is also a benchmark.

Saw this one from the top of a parking garage close by.

Found while out caching with Silliemillie.

Oh, there it is

Found while geocaching in Salem.

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Found while stopping by to see the Capitol.

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Found while out and about with bluemoth and wearn3 today in salem.

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photoThe dome.

Saw this benchmark while in the area. Benchmark is in good condition.

found with BlueMoth and GeoDude2008

Saw on 2/5/2014

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Found on earlier visits to the State Capitol Building

Was in Salem June 16, 2013 and checked out the Capitol, Thanks

I've visited the Capitol many times - and I see the statute essentially daily, but never realized until recently that it was a benchmark. Cool.

Spotted while visiting the state capitol grounds

Nice building and statue.

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cool!

Saw while in Salem.

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The gold-leafed statue is definitely eye-catching. From the ground, it seems to be in good condition, ready to welcome visitors for years to come.

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Seen the gold fellow plenty of times.

Spotted this one while on your travels after the Block Party. With magtfPlanner and InxtricablFate

Spotted with EJ2007 and InxtricablFate on a 2011 GroundSpeak Block Party road trip ! Really odd to see 2 benchmark designations for the same point but I'll take it ! Very cool statue on top of the capitol. What a shame to hear the original building burned down though ...

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I have lived in Salem for many years and did not realize that the Gold Piner was a US-GS (NGS) Bench Mark (BM). I have climed to the top on more then one ocation (they give gided tours that go to the top).
It is a nice but narrow clime up though the roatundra to the top.

As bright as ever on a mixed snowy day in Salem. We left just as it started snowing dip and dots

Just as golden as ever!

Found after attending a Potato Association of America conference at OSU in Corvallis and while heading back to Portland to catch my flight home. I was visiting from Davis, CA.

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Found while geocaching in the area with Dancing Penguin and Rose Red.

I've seen the statue many times before, but since I was out geocaching with Rose Red and Kimmy Kat, I'll make my visit to the Oregon state capital official by logging the benchmark.

Fifth of six finds for the afternoon before the SAGA Holiday Event.

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Welcome to Oregon's Capitol

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Found while caching in the area.

Saw this one from afar while finding a letterbox nearby.

I've Waymarked this without realizing that it was a benchmark.

I've seen this one many times as I go downtown. Today, I decided to log it. Interesting to know that this was a benchmark.

Golden Boy.

I've seen this many times didn't know it was a benchmark. What a golden opportunity missed.

We've been here many times, but today we claim the benchmark (along with QE1874). Our granddaughters played Christmas music here today.

Have seen this many times. Today we spotted it again while out with Ornith, Queens Blessing, and SpencerSB.

Ornith, spencersb, Kensquatch and I had a conversation today as we cached in Salem, trying to figure out who the Golden Fellow is on the capitol.

Who hasn't seen this. Great building though.

Found today with the entire Bean Team.

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Found this one on a visit to Salem

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I visited the Oregon State Capitol grounds on a very cold, cloudy afternoon.

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Pretty cool benchmark, and a 2-fer-1 even, nice! Unusual architecture for Oregon, which I don't normally associate with large, Modernistic buildings from the 30s. Station appears to be in excellent condition.

[This entry was edited by Nazgul on Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 10:56:01 PM.]

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Took the tour to the observation deck around the 23-foot Golden Pioneer statue. It is bronze covered in gold leaf. See http://www.oregonlink.com/goldenpioneer/ for its history.

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Took my neice up there for her first time.

i knew there had to be one here,having a few caches nearby i hadn't realized that it was up there!!

Got many times

Being used to domes on capitols as in Washington and California, our two states of residency, this building offers a refreshing change.

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I work Just North of this each and every day.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1940 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
01/01/1972 by NGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1972 (LDF) THE BRONZE STATUE OF A PIONEER MAN, LOCATED ON TOP OF THE OREGON STATE CAPITOL BUILDING. THE STATUE IS GOLD COLORED AND THE POINT INTERESTED WAS THE TOP OF THE STATUE. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN CENTER OF SALEM.
01/01/1976 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1976 (HBA) RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN IN SALEM.
01/01/1980 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1980 (RPD) RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--AT SALEM.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in October 1991.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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