46 B

Coordinates:
N 41.453533° W 75.78305°
Location:
Elevation:
1065.948 ft.
Type:
Bench Mark Disk
Setting:
Concrete Step
Year Established:
1942
Established By:
USGS
Status:
Recovered
Condition:
Good as of September 21, 2004
  • Official USGS Description:

    Newton Center, 0.4mi NE. of, along State Highway 629; at Newton-Ransom High School; 220 ft W. of center of hwy,; on SW side of new school building; in top of concrete step to basement entrance of school; standard tablet stamped "46 B 1942 1166". Elev. 1165.948 ft.

    Reference mark; 122 ft nearly S. of tablet; on N. corner of concrete doorstep to basement entrance of old school building; chiseled square. Elev. 1162.41 ft.

  • My report to USGS

I couldn't resist searching for a few local benchmarks this beautiful, sunny Tuesday morning. I was in Clarks Summit on other business anyway, and thought it would be nice to take a little trip out into the "country." I've been to the old high school in the past, and I've driven by the church many times, without any idea that benchmarks were so close by. The disk at the old school (now the Newton Recreation Center) is located on the top step of a set of concrete stairs leading down to a basement door on the southwest side of the school building. It has been painted over. Interestingly, the mark has likely been used since being painted over. I noticed that the layer of paint was, at some point, rubbed off the designation and date to make them more legible. I searched for the reference mark, a chiseled square described to be 122 feet south of the disk-which would place it approximately in the area of a newly-constructed concrete wheelchair ramp. If there was ever another basement entrance south of the mark, it is now gone. Just to be sure, I checked the other remaining basement entrance, just northwest of the set of stairs holding the disk, but found no evidence of a chiseled square on the concrete doorstep or anywhere else on the structure.

USGS Bench Mark Disk 46 B
USGS Bench Mark Disk 46 B
An eye-level view of the disk on the top concrete step.
An eye-level view of the disk on the top concrete step.
The location of the disk is indicated.
The location of the disk is indicated.
This new ramp probably took the place of the old basement entranceway that held the reference mark.
This new ramp probably took the place of the old basement entranceway that held the reference mark.
Though the letters are now half-covered with ivy, the name of the old school can still be discerned.
Though the letters are now half-covered with ivy, the name of the old school can still be discerned.
The building is currently used as a recreation center for the community.
The building is currently used as a recreation center for the community.