1139 H USGS

NGS PID:
LZ0500
Coordinates:
N 41.7787° W 76.788766°
Location:
Elevation:
1139.68 ft.
Type:
Bench Mark Disk
Setting:
Stone Foundation
Year Established:
1899
Established By:
USGS
Status:
Recovered
Condition:
Good as of October 6, 2002

I was staying in Troy this weekend and decided to search for a few local benchmarks. This one seemed like a likely candidate. I started out very early in the morning and located the abandoned railroad bed with no trouble. But the only landmark mentioned was a stone foundation I couldn't find; I knew better than to depend much on the coordinates; and the vegetation in the area was so thick (and sharp!) I didn't think I had much of a chance of seeing or getting near the mark. I walked up the railroad bed for some time and, not finding anything of interest or even a likely starting point, turned around and headed back. It was then that through the thorns and branches I spotted what looked like a stone wall—and not at all far from the location given by the coordinates! Well, I just had to check it out, so I fought my way through and, once out on the foundation, saw the disk immediately. It's in very good condition, and coordinates and altitude were good.

A report on the condition of this survey mark has been submitted to NGS, along with the following recovery note:

Recovered in good condition as described. Handheld GPS coordinates for the bench mark are 41 46 43.3(N) 076 47 19.5(W).