RANGE MARK 8 IBC 1919

NGS PID:
PD0763
Coordinates:
N 44.909148° W 66.994679°
Location:
Elevation:
Unknown
Type:
Range Marker
Setting:
Concrete Pyramid
Year Established:
1919
Established By:
International Boundary Commission
Status:
Recovered
Condition:
Good as of September 19, 2015

This range marker has to be one of the most unusual stations we've ever found! Apparently these markers were constructed in pairs to allow for sighting along a line and thereby locating points along the international boundary. We didn't search for the smaller (front) marker—I'm not even sure if it still exists or where it might be, but I don't think it's in the NGS database. After exploring "downtown" Eastport during the morning, we climbed Battery Hill behind the elementary school and walked right up to this station, a huge white pyramid. We took a series of photos of the east-facing side of the pyramid before walking around to the southwest-facing side and realizing that this was the side we should have been documenting! The southwest face is painted red and into the center is embedded a plaque that reads: UNITED STATES — RANGE MARK NO. 8 RANGING INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY COURSE 1-2 — TREATY OF 1908.

A report on the condition of this survey mark has been submitted to NGS.
International Boundary Commission Range Marker RANGE MARK 8 IBC 1919
International Boundary Commission Range Marker RANGE MARK 8 IBC 1919
Looking at the SW face, painted red.
Looking at the SW face, painted red.
The descriptive plaque
The descriptive plaque