K 17

NGS PID:
PE0321
Coordinates:
N 44.3461° W 68.37856°
Location:
Elevation:
166.69 ft.
Type:
Bench Mark Disk
Setting:
Rock Outcrop
Year Established:
1934
Established By:
USGS
Status:
Recovered
Condition:
Good as of September 15, 2010

After our morning full of riding on the "quiet side" of the island, Rich and I decided to investigate a witness sign we'd noticed on a tree when passing by earlier in the day. It was a standard USGS witness sign, so I was pretty sure a benchmark was hiding nearby. Our datasheets indicated that it was most likely K 17, which for some reason we had never searched for in the past. At first I was fooled by the heavy blanket of moss covering everything in the general area; nothing appeared to be a rock outcrop and I wondered if I had the wrong spot. But I persevered and moved a little farther back into the dark woods from the road, and there was the blue disk, poking out from among the moss on the highest point of a mound. It is is excellent condition. I recommend a tripod (which, of course, I didn't have at the moment) for taking photos of this mark.

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

Recovered in good condition. Handheld GPS coordinates for the station are 44 20 48.2(N) 068 22 42.8(W).

USGS Bench Mark Disk K 17
USGS Bench Mark Disk K 17
Eyelevel view of the disk set into the rock outcrop.
Eyelevel view of the disk set into the rock outcrop.
The benchmark disk was the only part of the outcrop that was free of moss.
The benchmark disk was the only part of the outcrop that was free of moss.
A standard USGS witness sign marking the general area of the station is visible from the road.
A standard USGS witness sign marking the general area of the station is visible from the road.