N 192

NGS PID:
KV2820
Coordinates:
N 40.843916° W 75.8054°
Location:
Elevation:
1064.41 ft.
Type:
Bench Mark Disk
Setting:
Round Concrete Monument
Year Established:
1942
Established By:
NGS
Status:
Recovered
Condition:
Good as of September 12, 2003

Even though I wasn't really supposed to, I had the day off from work—and what better way to spend it than to go for a ride (and hunt benchmarks) in Jim Thorpe. Rich and I incorporated this hunt into a ride on Switchback Trail, which we eventually rode all the way up to the Mt. Pisgah Summit Overlook. We were especially excited about this mark because, according to the information found on the geocaching website, this mark had last been reported Not Found by the U. S. Power Squadron (we didn't discover till later that two subsequent Found reports have been submitted by PennDOT). Nothing was apparent at first glance, but Rich kicked some grass aside at just the right spot, and there was the mark! We made several measurements to update the description, and brushed clean the disk and monument. The disk is in good condition and the stamping can be read easily.

N 40° 50.639' W075° 48.324'

Found as described in the 1942 history!

This second order vertical control station is set in the top of a round concrete monument flush with the ground near the entrance to Mauch Chunk Lake Park. The historical description leads reliably to the station, but the white witness post, the right-of-way fence, and the 4-foot oak tree no longer exist. The town of Mauch Chunk is now called Jim Thorpe, and the county road is named Lentz Trail. The mark was partially obscured by dirt and grass. In addition, it is roughly 18 feet north of a 6x6x3' post for a sign “Switchback Trail,” roughly 4 feet north-northeast of a 3'x4'x1' flat boulder, and roughly 60 feet northeast of a sign “Mauch Chunk Lake Park” that is located between separate lanes of the park driveway. The surface of the monument was cleared and the disk is now well exposed. At the station a Garmin GPSmap76 receiver with remote active antenna was used to record autonomous (non-corrected) coordinates which were 48.7 feet from the scaled coordinates listed on the NGS datasheet. The disk is in very good condition and the stamped designation is legible. ~Rich in NEPA~

NGS Bench Mark Disk N 192
NGS Bench Mark Disk N 192
GPSr and the station mark.
GPSr and the station mark.
Eye level view of mark and surroundings.
Eye level view of mark and surroundings.
Orientation view, facing west-southwest and park entrance. Mark indicated.
Orientation view, facing west-southwest and park entrance. Mark indicated.
Orientation view, facing southwest, park sign and flat boulder. Mark indicated.
Orientation view, facing southwest, park sign and flat boulder. Mark indicated.
Orientation view, facing northeast along the Lentz Trail. Mark indicated.
Orientation view, facing northeast along the Lentz Trail. Mark indicated.

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