AU2667 New Orleans Falstaff Brew Sign -- New Orleans LA
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N 29° 57.592 W 090° 05.412
15R E 780817 N 3317901
Quick Description: The iconic Falstaff brewery sign in downtown New Orleans is an NGS benchmark
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 2/11/2015 2:50:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMNC73
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
Views: 3

Long Description:
The Falstaff brewery in downtown New Orleans has been a local landmark for nearly 100 years. It's tall tower with bright neon letters is a National Geodetic Survey benchmark.

The Falstaff brewing company began in St. Louis Missouri in 1838. Even as late as the mid-1960s Falstaff beer was very popular in the United States.

Falstaff expanded greatly after prohibition ended in 1933, buying several worries outside of St. Louis, including this brewery building (formerly owned by the National Brewing Company) in New Orleans.

However, changes and consolidations in the macro-brewing industry led to the decline of the iconic Falstaff brand, and in 2005 the last Falstaff beer rolled off the bottling line.

The New Orleans Falstaff brewery closed in 1979, and was vacant for decades. Today (2014) this landmark building, with its beautiful industrial details is being used as a rental beer garden for private parties. Other parts of this historic building are being converted into downtown loft apartments.

From the NGS datasheet:

"AU2667 DESIGNATION - NEW ORLEANS FALSTAFF BREW SIGN
AU2667 PID - AU2667
AU2667 STATE/COUNTY- LA/ORLEANS
AU2667 COUNTRY - US
AU2667 USGS QUAD - NEW ORLEANS EAST (1992)
AU2667
AU2667 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL
AU2667 ______________________________________________________________________
AU2667* NAD 83 POS- 29 57 35.98520(N) 090 05 26.71770(W) ADJUSTED
AU2667* NAVD 88 ORTHO HEIGHT - *(meters) **(feet) NOT PUB
AU2667 **This station is located in a suspected subsidence area
AU2667 (see below).
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AU2667
AU2667_U.S. NATIONAL GRID SPATIAL ADDRESS: 15RYP8076317914(NAD 83)
AU2667
AU2667_MARKER: 68 = COMMERCIAL SIGN
AU2667_SATELLITE: THE SITE LOCATION WAS REPORTED AS NOT SUITABLE FOR
AU2667+SATELLITE: SATELLITE OBSERVATIONS - December 04, 2004
AU2667
AU2667 HISTORY - Date Condition Report By
AU2667 HISTORY - 1966 FIRST OBSERVED CGS
AU2667 HISTORY - 1972 GOOD NGS
AU2667 HISTORY - 19961214 GOOD USPSQD
AU2667 HISTORY - 20030506 GOOD USPSQD
AU2667 HISTORY - 20041204 GOOD GEOCAC
AU2667
AU2667 STATION DESCRIPTION
AU2667
AU2667'DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1972 (JCA)
AU2667'THE NEW ORLEANS FALSTAFF BREWERY SIGN IS LOCATED AT THE
AU2667'FALSTAFF BREWERY PLANT AT 2601 GRAVIER STREET IN DOWNTOWN
AU2667'NEW ORLEANS.
AU2667'
AU2667'IT IS A TRIANGULAR SHAPED STEEL STRUCTURE, GUYED, WITH THE
AU2667'LETTERS FALSTAFF ON ALL SIDES, A BALL IS LOCATED AT THE TOP.
AU2667'
AU2667'POINT INTERSECTED WAS THE RED LIGHT ATOP THE BALL.
AU2667'
AU2667'OVERALL HEIGHT IS APPROXIMATELY 400 FEET.
AU2667
AU2667 STATION RECOVERY (1996)
AU2667
AU2667'RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1996
AU2667'RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
AU2667
AU2667 STATION RECOVERY (2003)
AU2667
AU2667'RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 2003 (KEN)
AU2667'RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
AU2667
AU2667 STATION RECOVERY (2004)
AU2667
AU2667'RECOVERY NOTE BY GEOCACHING 2004 (WS)
AU2667'RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
Condition: Mark found in good condition

Designation: -blank-

Benchmark Agency: National Geodetic Survey

Monumentation type: other (not any of the below)

Monumentation type (if other): Commercial Sign

County: Orleans

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name: New Orleans East

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

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NGS PID: AU2667

Benchmark Agency (if other): Not listed

Special category (optional): Not listed

Special Category (if other): 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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