BN0042 - "M 119" bench mark disk - Kingsland, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven
N 30° 39.607 W 098° 26.251
14R E 553887 N 3392070
Quick Description: This benchmark is located by a railroad line near the old "Victorian House at the Antlers Hotel" establishment in Kingsland, Texas.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/22/2015 1:21:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMNR2M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
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Long Description:
As described by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey ("CGS") in 1933:

"IN KINGSLAND.
IN THE CONCRETE BASE OF THE SOUTHWEST LEG OF TEXAS AND NEW ORLEANS R.R. WATER TOWER 9.5 FT. NORTHEAST OF THE CENTERLINE OF THE TRACK AND ABOUT 3 1/2 FEET ABOVE THE TRACK LEVEL."

The 1933 description has become a little obsolete over time, but still provides some helpful references for locating this station:
* It is on the top of a 2ft by 2ft by 3.5ft concrete block, 9.5 feet NNE of a now defunct railroad track, 153 feet SSW of the center line of King Court, and 334 feet WNW of the center line of Chamberlain Street.
* The water tower is completely gone, all that remains is the concrete base mentioned in the original CGS narrative.
The easiest way to approach this station is from the east (by the parking lot of the nearby establishment) and walk along the track for ~150 feet until one reaches the cement block.

The station's associated NGS Data Sheet's posted coordinates seem to be slightly off, at least at the time of this waymark's posting. Its most recent associated NGS Data Sheet reports it as "N 30 39 36.5 W 098 26 15.0" (i.e. "N 30° 39.608 W 98° 26.250"), which points to a location ~15 ft NNE from the actual BM. The actual coordinates -- as measured within 10' accuracy and 20+ reading averages -- were "N 30° 39.607 W 98° 26.251". This slight discrepancy is likely due to the fact that the current posted NGS coordinates were provided by a previous geocacher back in 2005, when GPSr were slightly less sensitive than those available today.

The station was recovered in good condition; see posted waymark's gallery images for BM close-up and setting details (some of which are now posted on the NGS website itself as well).

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Below are some additional facts, per the NGS database (with some editing for length): (visit link)

BN0042 ***********************************************************************
BN0042 DESIGNATION - M 119
BN0042 PID - BN0042
BN0042 STATE/COUNTY- TX/LLANO
BN0042 COUNTRY - US
BN0042 USGS QUAD - KINGSLAND (1982)
BN0042
BN0042 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL
BN0042 ______________________________________________________________________
BN0042* NAD 83(1986) POSITION- 30 39 36.5 (N) 098 26 15.0 (W) HD_HELD2
BN0042* NAVD 88 ORTHO HEIGHT - 259.379 (meters) 850.98 (feet) ADJUSTED
BN0042 ______________________________________________________________________
BN0042
BN0042_MARKER: DB = BENCH MARK DISK
BN0042_SETTING: 30 = SET IN A LIGHT STRUCTURE
BN0042_SP_SET: CONCRETE BASE
BN0042_STAMPING: M 119 1933
BN0042_MARK LOGO: CGS
BN0042_MAGNETIC: N = NO MAGNETIC MATERIAL
BN0042_STABILITY: D = MARK OF QUESTIONABLE OR UNKNOWN STABILITY
BN0042
BN0042 HISTORY - Date Condition Report By
BN0042 HISTORY - 1933 MONUMENTED CGS
BN0042 HISTORY - 19990908 GOOD TXDOT
Condition: Mark found in good condition

Designation: M 119

Benchmark Agency: U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey

Monumentation type: BENCH MARK (or B.M.) disk

County: Kingsland, TX (Llano County)

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name: Kinsgland

Find type: Coordinates and/or to-reach information from the NGS database (or Geocaching's copy of it) were used

Web address of this benchmark's datasheet (optional): [Web Link]

NGS PID: BN0042

Benchmark Agency (if other): Not listed

Monumentation type (if other): Not listed

Special category (optional): Not listed

Special Category (if other): Not listed

Local database's URL (optional): Not listed

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  2. A 'distant' photo including the mark in the view is highly recommended. Include the compass direction you faced when you took the picture.
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