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Details for Benchmark: QH0260

N 45° 28.137 W 070° 37.682 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 3284

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

Location:
In FRANKLIN county, ME View Original Datasheet
Designation:
LAYTON IBC
Marker Type:
survey disk
Setting:
in a boulder
Stability:
May hold, but of type commonly subject to surface motion.

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On Thursday the 14th, Pierre and I met up with Kurt and went after some trailless peaks. These are called bush whacks and they may mean a walk through the woods, or they be be treks trrough impenatrable thickets and bogs. Todays climbs were somewhere in between. Our goal were "The Smarts" - two peaks a few miles on the US side of the border accessible from Baudrey Road, a logging road off of route 27 about 20 miles north of Stratton.

The IBC (International Boundary Commision) set a number of triangulation stations in 1915 when the boundary was surveyed via trangulation. Triangulation stations were on boundary peaks or on peaks up to several miles from the boundary on either side.

This triangulation station, an unstamped 2" bronze disk, was located on the summit of the 3200+ ft peak about 1.5 miles east of the boundary. Technically the peak is unnamed, but it's usually rerferred to as the west peak of Smart Mountain, or as "Layton" (after the station).

The disk was found at the base of a small cairn in front of a tree. Interestingly, there was a glass jar hanging from the same tree containing a peak bagger's log. Evidently the 1915 surveyors and the current day peak baggers agreed on what is the peak's highest point.

Found in good condition and First to Find!

[Photos:]
photoQH0260 "LAYTON IBC" setting, Merrill Strip Maine
View of the tree at the peak's high point. The glass jar peak bagger's log is hanging where Kurt is looking, the small cairn with the station is at the tree's base.
photoQH0260 "LAYTON IBC" setting, Merrill Strip Maine
The mark was under the front of the small cairn. I had to move just one rock out of the way.
photoQH0260 "LAYTON IBC", Merrill Strip Maine
photoQH0260 "LAYTON IBC", Merrill Strip Maine

9/23/83 easy to find as there were 3 air-visible panels extending out

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1915 by IBC (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION 1915 (JH) IN TOWNSHIP 7, RANGE 1, ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF A HIGH HILL OF ABOUT 3200 FEET ELEVATION. ABOUT 1-3/4 MILES SOUTH OF LOWELLTOWN, ME, AND ABOUT 2 MILES NORTHEAST OF MONUMENT 410. STATION MARK--A BRONZE DISK CEMENTED IN A HOLE DRILLED IN A LARGE ROCK.

Control Text

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