BM0918 - AUSTIN ST ED UNIV HO CROSS CUP - Austin, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven
N 30° 13.801 W 097° 45.357
14R E 619712 N 3344927
Quick Description: The base of the cross located on the cupola on top of St. Edwards University's Holy Cross Hall in Austin, Texas is a NGS benchmark ("BM0918")... and, interestingly enough, so is another cross just 250 feet east of here ("BM0919").
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/11/2015 11:26:49 AM
Waymark Code: WMNC66
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
Views: 1

Long Description:
As described by the Coast and Geodetic Survey ("CAS", or "CGS") in 1935 (even though it had already been monumented in 1903 but not fully described as yet):

"THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS THE BASE OF THE CROSS ON THE CUPOLA ON HOLY CROSS HALL (DORMITORY), ST. EDWARDS UNIVERSITY. HOLY CROSS HALL IS A BUFF-COLORED BRICK BUILDING AND HAS AN OCTAGONAL CUPOLA, WITH LOUVERED SIDES AT THE CENTER OF THE TOP. CUPOLA HAS AN OCTAGONAL PYRAMIDAL ROOF, WITH A BALL AND CROSS AT THE TIP. THE CROSS IS ABOUT 60 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND AND IS NOT VERY PROMINENT. THE BUILDING WAS ERECTED IN 1903. THERE IS A HIGHER AND MORE PROMINENT CROSS ON THE SPIRE OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, WHICH IS ABOUT 250 FEET E OF THIS STATION.

ST. EDWARDS UNIVERSITY IS ABOUT 3-1/4 MILES SSE OF THE STATE CAPITOL, ABOUT 1/2 MILE S OF THE S CITY LIMITS OF AUSTIN, ABOUT 1/4 MILE E OF U.S. HIGHWAY 81, AND ON A PROMINENT HILL OVERLOOKING THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THIS IS THE SAME STATION CALLED ST. EDWARDS COLLEGE, CHAPEL SPIRE, IN 1903."


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

BM0918 ***********************************************************************
BM0918 DESIGNATION - AUSTIN ST ED UNIV HO CROSS CUP
BM0918 PID - BM0918
BM0918 STATE/COUNTY- TX/TRAVIS
BM0918 COUNTRY - US
BM0918 USGS QUAD - OAK HILL (1988)
BM0918
BM0918 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL
BM0918 ______________________________________________________________________
BM0918* NAD 83(1993) POSITION- 30 13 48.04519(N) 097 45 21.44321(W) ADJUSTED
BM0918
BM0918_MARKER: 90 = CHURCH SPIRE
BM0918
BM0918 HISTORY - Date Condition Report By
BM0918 HISTORY - 1903 FIRST OBSERVED CGS
BM0918 HISTORY - 1935 GOOD CGS
BM0918 HISTORY - 1935 GOOD CGS
BM0918 HISTORY - 1983 GOOD USPSQD
BM0918 HISTORY - 19960127 GOOD USPSQD
Condition: Mark found in good condition

Designation: AUSTIN ST ED UNIV HO CROSS CUP

Benchmark Agency: U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey

Monumentation type: Church Spire

County: Austin, TX (Travis county)

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name: Oak Hill

Find type: Found by luck/skill/knowledge

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

NGS PID: BM0918

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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