K 23

NGS PID:
PE0279
Coordinates:
N 44.378783° W 68.232533°
Location:
Elevation:
374.92 ft.
Type:
Bench Mark Disk
Setting:
Rock Outcrop
Year Established:
1934
Established By:
USGS
Status:
Recovered
Condition:
Good as of June 13, 2005

This benchmark has the distinction of being my "earliest ever" find—at just before 5:35am. After watching a less-than-spectacular but still awesome sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, for which we got up at 3:15am, Rich decided we could stop for a few benchmarks on the way back to Bar Harbor. Having no datasheet or coordinates with us wasn't a problem this time. Rich wasn't positive he had exactly the right location for this one as it's been almost three years since he first found it, but I ran up the little hill he indicated and checked the most obvious outcropping, and there was the mark! It's in fine condition, was well-exposed and easy to see from a distance, and the historic description is accurate.

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

Handheld GPS WAAS-corrected coordinates for the station are 44 22 43.6(N) 068 13 57.1(W).

(Recovered on September 11, 2002)

N 44° 22.728' W 068° 13.946'

While vacationing on M.D.I. I decided to search for a few local benchmarks. I drove out along the Park Loop Road from Bar Harbor and easily found the mark using the historical description. At the station my Garmin GPSmap76 receiver indicated approximately 64 feet from the posted coordinates. The disc was partially covered by dried pine litter and it is in very good condition. ~Rich in NEPA~

USGS Bench Mark Disk K 23
USGS Bench Mark Disk K 23
GPSr and the station mark.
GPSr and the station mark.
The general area near the station mark.
The general area near the station mark.