BH0399 PBM Biloxi MRC -- Biloxi MS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 30° 23.903 W 088° 53.471
16R E 318316 N 3364448
Quick Description: One of the coolest and most handsome benchmarks we have ever found, ringed with the name of the benchmark agency that monumented it. The coolest find we have made in a long time.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 2/16/2015 8:40:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMNCW0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
Views: 2

Long Description:
Blasters love searching out the various River Commission benchmarks. They are always interesting and unique plus, (as a bonus) most of them are ultracool marks like bolts, or chiseled marks, copper nails -- you know, not your standard benchmark disks (although those are cool too, of course)

Mama Blaster thought that the cool blue-green patina on this gorgeous Mississippi River Commission benchmark was so lovely that she turned a photo of it into her iPhone wallpaper. She changes her iPhone wallpaper very frequently, especially when on interesting exploring trips, but here we are three months later (Feb 2015), and her benchmark wallpaper is still in place. This benchmark beat out voodoo dolls, colorful trees, Pensacola's sand and surf, the USS Alabama, piles of colorful shells on the beach, ultracool historic fort cannons, and all manner of other fascinating things that we found on this trip.

This benchmark is truly something special to see. We hope that future waymarkers will visit and also be impressed.

(We know that was spoken like the true benchmark geeks that we are, and we are not ashamed! ha ha)

From the NGS datasheet:

"BH0399 DESIGNATION - PBM BILOXI MRC
BH0399 PID - BH0399
BH0399 STATE/COUNTY- MS/HARRISON
BH0399 USGS QUAD - BILOXI (1992)
BH0399
BH0399 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL
BH0399 ___________________________________________________________________
BH0399* NAD 83(1986)- 30 23 53. (N)088 53 29. (W) SCALED
BH0399* NAVD 88 - 7.474 (meters) 24.52 (feet) ADJUSTED
BH0399 ___________________________________________________________________
BH0399
BH0399_MARKER: B = BOLT
BH0399_SETTING: 7 = SET IN TOP OF CONCRETE MONUMENT
BH0399_STABILITY: C = MAY HOLD, BUT OF TYPE COMMONLY SUBJECT TO
BH0399+STABILITY: SURFACE MOTION
BH0399
BH0399 HISTORY - Date Condition Recov. By
BH0399 HISTORY - UNK MONUMENTED MRC
BH0399 HISTORY - 1968 GOOD CGS
BH0399 HISTORY - 1972 GOOD USGS
BH0399 HISTORY - 1976 GOOD NGS
BH0399
BH0399 STATION DESCRIPTION
BH0399
BH0399''DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1968
BH0399''IN BILOXI.
BH0399''AT BILOXI, ON THE SACRED HEART ACADEMY, ACROSS RAILROAD
BH0399''STREET FROM THE LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE RR STATION, 166 FEET
BH0399''EAST OF THE CENTER LINE OF THOMAS ST, 118.4 FEET NORTH OF THE
BH0399''NORTHEAST CORNER OF a TWO-STORY BRICK SCHOOL BUILDING, 118 FT
BH0399''NORTHEAST OF NORTHEAST CORNER OF SISTER M. BARBARA MEMORIAL
BH0399''BUILDING, 48 FT SOUTHWEST OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE MSGR
BH0399''OCONNELL BUILDING, 86 FT SOUTH OF A FENCE ALONG THE NORTH
BH0399''SIDE OF THE ACADEMY, A COPPER BOLT PROJECTS 1/2 INCH ABOVE THE
BH0399''CENTER OF A MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION DISK SET IN THE TOP
BH0399''OF A 16 INCH SQUARE STONE BLOCK THAT PROJECTS 19 IN ABOVE THE
BH0399''LEVEL OF THE GROUND.
BH0399
BH0399 STATION RECOVERY (1972)
BH0399
BH0399''RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1972
BH0399''THE MARK IS LOCATED 53 YARDS SOUTH OF SOUTH FACE OF THE L & N
BH0399''RAILROAD STATION IN BILOXI ON THE SACRED HEART GIRLS
BH0399''HIGH SCHOOL. IT IS 138 FT SOUTH OF THE CENTER OF WEST RAILROAD
BH0399''AVENUE, 164 FT EAST OF THE CENTER OF THOMAS ST, 230 FT WEST
BH0399''OF THE CENTER OF REYNOIR ST, 49 FT SOUTH OF THE SOUTH WALL OF
BH0399''THE MSGR O''CONNELL BUILDING, 48.5 FT SOUTHWEST OF SOUTHEAST
BH0399''CORNER OF BUILDING, 18.5 FT WEST OF THE PROJECTED PLANE OF THE
BH0399''EAST WALL OF THE BUILDING, 119 FT NORTH OF NORTHEAST CORNER OF
BH0399''A LARGE BRICK BUILDING THE SISTER BARBARA MEMORIAL WING ON THE
BH0399''NORTHWEST SIDE. A COPPER BOLT PROJECTING 1/2 INCH ABOVE THE
BH0399''CENTER OF A MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION DISK SET IN TOP OF A
BH0399''16 INCH SQUARE STONE BLOCK SET ON TOP OF 26 INCH SQUARE
BH0399''CONCRETE MONUMENT PROJECTING 19 INCHES ABOVE GROUND. THE DISK
BH0399''HAS THE FOLLOWING LETTERS AND FIGURES CAST ON IT "MISSISSIPPI
BH0399''RIVER COMMISSION PBM BILOXI US ELEVATION ON TOP OF THIS BOLT
BH0399''7.620 METERS OR 25 FT ABOVE MEAN GULF LEVEL ESTABLISHED
BH0399''MARCH 28 1900"
BH0399''
BH0399 STATION RECOVERY (1976)
BH0399''
BH0399''RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1976
BH0399''RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION."
Condition: Mark found in good condition

Designation: MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION PBM BILOXI/ US ELEVATION ON TOP OF THIS BOLT 7.620 METERS OR 25 FT ABOVE MEAN GULF LEVEL/ ESTABLISHED MARCH 28 1900

Benchmark Agency: other (not included below)

Benchmark Agency (if other): Mississippi River Commission

Monumentation type: Bolt

County: Harrison County Mississippi

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name: Biloxi

Special Category (if other): Mississippi River Commission benchmarks

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: BH 0399

Monumentation type (if other): Not listed

Special category (optional): 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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