BN0037 - "K 119" bench mark disk - Kingsland, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven
N 30° 38.452 W 098° 24.766
14R E 556270 N 3389949
Quick Description: This benchmark is located on a rock outcrop near FM 1431 and Caldwell Blvd (CR-127) about 2 miles southwest of Kingsland, Texas.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/22/2015 2:20:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMNR32
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
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Long Description:
As described by the US Geological Survey in 1966 (although already monumented by the CGS back in 1933):

"2.4 MI SE FROM KINGSLAND.
KINGSLAND POST OFFICE. 2.3 MI. SE OF ALONG F.M. ROAD 1431. THENCE SW 0.1 MILE TO RAILROAD CROSSING. 290 FT. SE OF CENTER OF CROSSING, 42 FT. NW OF TRACK, 4 FT. SW. OF R. O. W. FENCE AND SET IN A LARGE GRANITE OUTCROP. A STANDARD DISK STAMPED K 119 1933."

The 1966 description and associated reference points (i.e. distances/directions) are still decent references for locating this station, although some clarifications might be in order to simplify future recovery attempts:
* Rather than attempting to go "2.3mi SE along FM 1431", just start in Kingsland and drive on FM 1431 until you reach Caldwell Blvd (County Road 127).
* Drive for another 300 ft and park your car on CR 127, then start walking along the southbound trail which parallels the railroad track.
* The station will be on your right, on a rock outcrop, about 270-300 ft from the trailhead.

The BM in question lies just behind a barbwire fence, but one can get within 2 feet of the BM and make a good recovery (see posted waymark's gallery images for BM close-up and setting details).

The station's associated NGS Data Sheet's currently posted coordinates are pretty much in line with my own observations: the NGS reports the station at "N 30 38 27.12 W 098 24 45.93" which was relatively close to my personal readings -- as measured within 10' accuracy and 20+ reading averages: "N 30° 38.452 W 098° 24.766".

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

BN0037 ***********************************************************************
BN0037 DESIGNATION - K 119
BN0037 PID - BN0037
BN0037 STATE/COUNTY- TX/BURNET
BN0037 COUNTRY - US
BN0037 USGS QUAD - KINGSLAND (1982)
BN0037
BN0037 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL
BN0037 ______________________________________________________________________
BN0037* NAD 83(1986) POSITION- 30 38 27.12 (N) 098 24 45.93 (W) HD_HELD1
BN0037* NAVD 88 ORTHO HEIGHT - 257.608 (meters) 845.17 (feet) ADJUSTED
BN0037 ______________________________________________________________________
BN0037
BN0037_MARKER: DB = BENCH MARK DISK
BN0037_SETTING: 66 = SET IN ROCK OUTCROP
BN0037_SP_SET: ROCK OUTCROP
BN0037_STAMPING: K 119 1933
BN0037_STABILITY: A = MOST RELIABLE AND EXPECTED TO HOLD
BN0037+STABILITY: POSITION/ELEVATION WELL
BN0037_SATELLITE: THE SITE LOCATION WAS REPORTED AS SUITABLE FOR
BN0037+SATELLITE: SATELLITE OBSERVATIONS - October 22, 2005
BN0037
BN0037 HISTORY - Date Condition Report By
BN0037 HISTORY - 1933 MONUMENTED CGS
BN0037 HISTORY - 1966 GOOD USGS
BN0037 HISTORY - 20020223 GOOD USPSQD
BN0037 HISTORY - 20030118 GOOD GEOCAC
BN0037 HISTORY - 20051022 GOOD USPSQD
Condition: Mark found in good condition

Designation: K 119

Benchmark Agency: U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey

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

County: Burnett County

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name: Kingsland

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: BN0037

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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