47 B

Coordinates:
N 41.423933° W 75.77875°
Location:
Elevation:
916.403 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:

    Milwaukee, in village of; about 250 ft E. of forks of rd. SE. to Taylor; 40 ft S. of center of rd.; in W. end of first concrete step of main entrance to Methodist Church; standard tablet stamped "47 B 1942 916". Elev. 916.403 ft.

    Reference mark; 190 ft W. of tablet; on SE. corner of concrete bridge; chiseled square. Elev. 907.86 ft.

  • My report to USGS

After my successful search for the nearby disk 46 B, I drove directly to the Milwaukee United Methodist Church to see what might remain of this one. As I approached the church steps, my heart sank. The steps were covered with new gray outdoor carpeting. I assumed that the disk would still be in place underneath, but I wasn't about to tear up the carpet. Luckily, I didn't have to! A hole was cut in the carpeting to allow the disk to show through. It was encouraging to see that someone realized and respected the value of the mark, and went through some extra effort to ensure that it was accessible. The reference mark was not found; a bridge still exists at this location, but it is new.

USGS Bench Mark Disk 47 B
USGS Bench Mark Disk 47 B
The sign indicates the correct church. It reflects some headstones from the cemetery across the street.
The sign indicates the correct church. It reflects some headstones from the cemetery across the street.
The mark is located at the far western edge of the first step.
The mark is located at the far western edge of the first step.
It's a dark corner, but GPS still works.
It's a dark corner, but GPS still works.
Easy to see when you're looking for it!
Easy to see when you're looking for it!
Plaque showing the former name of this church.
Plaque showing the former name of this church.