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Details for Benchmark: KR1582

N 39° 36.496 W 119° 17.395 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

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

Location:
In LYON county, NV View Original Datasheet
Designation:
BEACON 216 2 MILES OF FERNLEY
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Found this benchmark while working a small portion of a geocache power trail along the canal. A Muggle had pointed out the beacon while talking to me about the caches and where county lines were in the vicinity. I took the photo using a telephoto lens.

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[Photos:]
photoKR1582
Taken from the canal bank at the end of Truckee Lane in Fernley.

Coordinates as listed matched my GPS exactly. I logged the elevation as 4610.0 ft. This beacon was a "ground navigation support system beacon", positioned between main beacons 20 & 22, for the Transcontinental Airmail Route, established between 1923-1929. Main beacons were spaced every 10 miles, while these smaller beacons were positioned every 3 miles when needed. Illumination was provided by a 5,000 candlepower acetylene gas light.
I last visited this tower in 1973. At that time, it was relatively intact, but weathered. Today, the west facing lens is completely gone, removed from it's hinges. The east facing lens has been broken out. A piece of sheet metal has blown off the east lower side and is laying about 30 ft. from the tower. All sheet metal is missing from the north & south sides. The door on the south side has been torn apart, but a locked padlock still hangs in the hasp on the door frame. Some of the gas piping has been torn off and is scattered about the site. What a shame.

This entry was edited by Nitro929 on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 at 03:38:27 UTC.

[Photos:]
photoAirway Beacon 216, Fernley/Wadsworth, NV
View looking northwest. The piece of sheet metal with the number "1" painted on it has blown off and is laying on the ground approx. 30 ft. east of the tower.
photoAirway Beacon 216, looking NW
View looking northwest, with Wadsworth and the Truckee River visible in the background. Note padlock still hanging in hasp on left side of door frame.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1958 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1958 (WWH) THE STATION IS ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF WADSWORTH AND 1-3/4 MILES WEST OF FERNLEY, ON THE NORTHWEST SLOPE OF A FAIRLY HIGH RIDGE. A 4-LEGGED STEEL STRUCTURE ABOUT 25 FEET HIGH, ENCLOSED AT BASE, WITH NUMERALS 216 PAINTED THEREON. STATION NOT VISITED. THIS BEACON IS EVIDENTLY OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, AND NOT BY CIVIL AERONAUTICS ADMINISTRATION.

Control Text

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

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