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Details for Benchmark: QH0564

N 45° 00.729 W 071° 29.091 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1719

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

Location:
In ESSEX county, VT View Original Datasheet
Designation:
BEECHER TABLET
Marker Type:
survey disk
Setting:
in a boulder
Stability:
May hold, but of type commonly subject to surface motion.

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I spent a productive 4 day weekend in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont in late September. From Friday noon till Monday noon. The weather on Friday and Monday was great, but Saturday and Sunday were rainy. But luckily we escaped the worst of the rain which came late in the day for both Saturday and Sunday.

The targets were all boundary monuments and related marks: Boundary Monuments, Reference Monuments and Triangulations stations used in the boundary survey done from 1914-1919. The Reference Monuments were not in the NGS database, so I include them as "exra credit" stations logged with the nearest NGS station.

I arrived Friday around noon after a drive from the Boston area and explored the lower part of Halls Stream Road, which starts in Beecher Falls (part of Canaan Vermont) and goes up along the east side of the stream (which forms the US / Canada boundary) into New Hampshire.

This station is near the top of the unnamed hill ("Beecher Hill"?) on that little sliver of Vermont which extends from Beecher Falls along the north bank Connecticut River into New Hampshire. The hill lies in the angle between Halls Stream Road on the west, and River Road (and of course the Connecticut River) on the south. I approached the mark from an old farm house on River Road about a half mile east of Halls Stream. The elderly woman there was happy to let me go up into the woods from her property and told of excursions into those woods she had undertaken in years past where she had seen a "big cat". I asked "Was it a Bob Cat?", "No bigger". So I let that subject drop.

It was about a half hour on old woods roads and bushwhacking till I got to the top. The description said the mark was mounted in "CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN A BURIED ROCK" and "ABOUT 125 FEET WEST OF THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE HILL" This was discouraging to say the least since with no reference marks, even with a GPS and a metal detector this would be a daunting search.

But I got lucky. I searched for 15 to 20 minutes in the area indicated by my GPS, which was covered with second growth trees, and a myriad of rocks, buried and otherwise. I happen to run the metal detector by an exposed rock with a dead log on it that I had stepped over at least 5 times. "Beep!". Pay dirt!. I kicked the rotten log away and there was my prize, not buried at all. The description was misleading: most of the rock was buried, but the top portion of the rock, and the station, was not buried at all - it was 4 - 6 inches above ground. I double checked the distance from the top (using my GPS), and it was closer to 150 feet, not 125 feet. With no GPS and such a description, no wonder the 1971 search party failed to find this mark.

Now this became the easternmost station in Vermont logged on GC, taking the title from station "LOT" which I had found earlier in the afternoon. and what is more:

First to Find!

[Photos:]
photoQH0564 "BEECHER TABLET", Beecher Falls VT
Area when I first arrived. The station was on that rock with the dead log on it, but I was looking for a buried rock, as per the description.
photoQH0564 "BEECHER TABLET", Beecher Falls VT
The metal detector beep and I kicked the log away exposing the station.
photoQH0564 "BEECHER TABLET", Beecher Falls VT
The top of the rock with the station.
photoQH0564 "BEECHER TABLET", Beecher Falls VT
Closeup of station. "U.S.&C.B.SURVEY" stands for "United States and Canada Boundary Survey", which took place in 1914-1919.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1916 by IBC (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION 1916 (JH) IN CANAAN TOWNSHIP, ON THE WEST SHOULDER OF THE HIGH HILL ABOUT 1-1/4 MILES EAST - NORTHEAST OF BEECHER FALLS, VT. THE STATION IS ABOUT 125 FEET WEST OF THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE HILL. STATION MARK--A BRONZE DISK CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN A BURIED ROCK. BEECHER, THE FIRST STATION ESTABLISHED IN THIS LOCALITY, WAS NOT PERMANENTLY MARKED. IT WAS 5.13 FEET DISTANT, N 71 DEG 37 MIN W, FROM BEECHER TABLET.
01/01/1971 by IBC (MARK NOT FOUND)
RECOVERY NOTE BY INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION 1971 (NP) STATION WAS NOT RECOVERED IN 1971.

Control Text

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