MY2668 - PINE TREE MONUMENT
This is a really neat station just a few miles and a 10 minute drive from Gumpus, and it's not on GC, so I thought I'd log it here. If you go after Gumpus, you may want to visit this one too.
The NH / Mass border was specified in 1740 (by a Royal decree), and first marked in 1741. The western part of the line starts 3 miles north of the Falls on the Merrimack River in Lowell and goes west to the Connecticut River. This station marks that point (established in 1741) and is where the two survey parties, one going due west, and the other going east to the Atlantic along a path 3 miles north of the Merrimack went their separate ways. Today's boundary is substantially the way it was established in 1741.
Here's a topo map for the station. You can switch to Satellite view using the map type selector at the upper right. MY2668 map. See also the track log below.
It was originally a pile of rocks around a pitch pine tree. In 1827 rough granite monuments were put in place to mark the 1741 line. In 1834 Simeon Borden surveyed its position in his survey of Massachusetts. In 1890 the line was remarked and the present monument was put in place - the 3rd monument marking this position. It's one of the neatest boundary monuments I've ever seen - it actually has a picture of the pine tree surrounded by a pile of rocks etched on the granite monument.
As a side story, I lost my direction going back to the car, fell in a mud hole and ended up in the wrong state. After walking about 4 miles I finally found the car! See screen shot of my GPS track for the gory details. Especially note the presence of some serious wetlands. If you go, make sure you set a waypoint at you car. It's a pretty trackless area and easy to get disoriented.
The photos tell the rest of the story.
[This entry was edited by Papa-Bear-NYC on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 2:50:17 PM.]