2003-01-26

GU3441 - CRESCENT

THIS MONUMENT HAS BEEN DISPLACED!

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 36° 27.508
Long: 120° 05.142
Alt: 207.1
Designation: CRESCENT
Marker Type: survey disk
Setting: set into the top of a round concrete monument
Stability:

FOUND DATA
Lat: 36° 27.500
Long: 120° 05.124
Alt: NA

Found it at 16:50, 26 Jan., 2003. This monument was found still set in the center of the 14-inch round concrete monument however grading along the banks of the canals have displaced the monument and its setting to the bottom of the earthen canal. The horizontal position of the station may still be obtained by the reference monuments if they are still in position. They were not found at this time.

The posted coordinates were taken at the bottom of the canal at the present position of the monument. They were obtained by a 6.5 minute occupation with 7 strong satelittes and 1 WAAS satellite.

Benchmark detail.


The monument in its present setting.


View from the bottom of the canal to the northwest. The bridge crossing the canal can be seen in the distance.


The view north from the southwesterly bank of the earthen canal. The monument can be seen at the bottom.


View to the northwest along the top of the bank between the canals. The monument lies at the bottom of the earthen canal to the right of the image.


View to the northwest along the top of the bank to the northeast of the earthen canal. The monument lies at the bottom of the earthen canal to the left of center of the image.

2003-01-13

GU3399 - HELM MUNICIPAL COTTON GIN WATER TANK

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 36° 31.870
Long: 120° 05.850
Alt: 0
Designation: HELM MUN COTTON GIN WATER TANK
Marker Type: NGS Benchmark
Setting: setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1944 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1944 (JCS) STATION IS LOCATED IN THE TOWN OF HELM, AT THE HELM MUNICIPAL COTTON GIN. IT IS 135 FEET S OF THE CENTER LINE OF KAMM AVENUE, 113 FEET E OF THE CENTER LINE OF LASSEN AVENUE, AND IS A SILVER-COLORED, ELEVATED, STEEL WATER TANK ABOUT 80 FEET HIGH. ITS APEX WAS THE POINT OF INTERSECTION.


FOUND DATA
Lat: 36° 31.870
Long: 120° 05.848
Alt: NA

Found it at 11:10, 13 Jan., 2003. Found (in near zero-visibility fog) as described and in poor condition. Tank is no longer in use, is now pale yellow/tan in color, and has been vandalized.

WGS84 coordinates were found by a 2.5 minute occupation about 20 feet east of the tank with 7 strong satellites, 2 weak satellites, and 2 WAAS satellites.

The Helm municipal cotton gin water tank as seen from the south. Helm Market is in the background. (Photo by Falstaff)

2003-01-12

HR0481 - C 247

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 37° 06.250
Long: 119° 30.183
Alt: 2240.5
Designation: C 247
Marker Type: bench mark disk
Setting: in a boulder
Stability: May hold, but of type commonly subject to surface motion.

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1935 by CGS (MONUMENTED)

1/1/1943 by NGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1943 2.7 MI N FROM AUBERRY. 2.7 MILES NORTH ALONG THE NORTH FORK ROAD FROM THE POST OFFICE AT AUBERRY, FRESNO COUNTY, 25 FEET WEST OF THE CENTERLINE OF THE ROAD, AND IN THE TOP OF A LARGE BOULDER. A STANDARD DISK, STAMPED C 247 1935.

1/1/1978 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1978 AUBERRY POST OFFICE, 0.45 MI. NORTH OF, ALONG AUBERRY RD., THENCE 2.55 MI. NW ALONG POWERHOUSE RD. 34 FT. SOUTH OF NORTH END OF WOODEN FENCE, 27 FT. WEST OF CENTERLINE OF RD., 10 FT. EAST OF FENCE, ABOUT 4 FT. HIGHER THAN CENTERLINE OF RD. IN A LARGE BOULDER. A STANDARD TABLET STAMPED C 247 1935.


FOUND DATA
Lat: 37° 06.254
Long: 119° 30.226
Alt: NA

Found it at 16:50, 12 Jan., 2003. Found it as described and in good condition.

WGS84 coordinates found by 4.5 minute occupation with 6 strong satellites and 1 WAAS satellite.

Benchmark detail.


The benchmark in its granite setting and the GPSr.

HR0914 - 2005

THIS MARK WAS NOT FOUND

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 37° 04.850
Long: 119° 29.167
Alt: 2008.6
Designation: 2005
Marker Type: survey disk
Setting: set into the top of a round concrete monument
Stability: May hold, but of type commonly subject to surface motion.

Documented History (by the NGS)
Unknown by USGS (MONUMENTED)

1/1/1943 by NGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1943 0.3 MI N FROM AUBERRY. 0.3 MILE NORTH ALONG THE NORTH FORK ROAD FROM THE POST OFFICE AT AUBERRY, FRESNO COUNTY, 75 FEET WEST OF THE CENTERLINE OF A ROAD LEADING TO HUNTINGTON LAKE, 40 FEET EAST OF BIG SANDY GRADE SCHOOL, AND 4 FEET NORTH OF AN ANGLE IN THE FENCE LINE. A UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY STANDARD DISK, STAMPED 2005 AND SET IN THE TOP OF A CONCRETE POST.


FOUND DATA
Lat: 37° 04.821
Long: 119° 29.166
Alt: NA

Both roads mentioned in the description, and the intersection of them have been moved since 1943, and the old schoolhouse no longer exists. Evidence of the old roadbeds, and the steps to the school and the building pad still remain but are difficult to locate exactly. It is difficult to say if this benchmark still exists without some additional research and detective work.

A USGS benchmark was found in the area loosly matching the description, however it does NOT match the description of the benchmark itself. I believe this was a reset of the first, although the designations are different. This on is stamped '2006 feet', '66 KSM', '1947'. I have been unable to find any description of this cap.

Benchmark detail. USGS mark stamped '2006 feet, 66 KSM, 1947'.


USGS mark stamped '2006 feet, 66 KSM, 1947'.


Down in a hole.


View northwesterly. The walkway to the old school can be seen in the top left of the image.


View westerly. The steps to the old school can be seen just behind the hole and the witness post.


View southerly toward the new Auberry Elementary School.

2003-01-11

GT2040 - FRESNO AIR TERMINAL BEACON

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 36° 46.404
Long: 119° 43.315
Alt: 328
Designation: FRESNO AIR TERMINAL BEACON
Marker Type: airport beacon
Setting: setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1961 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1961 (LFV) STATION IS NOT YET IN POSITION. WHEN THE NEW CONTROL TOWER IS COMPLETED, THE OLD BEACON NEAR THE OLD TERMINAL WILL BE DISMANTLED. POINT LOCATED WAS THE INTERSECTION OF THE 4 BOLTS WHICH WILL SUPPORT THE NEW BEACON.

1/1/1970 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1970 (EP) THIS INTERSECTION STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--4.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF FRESNO.

1/1/1974 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1974 (DLS) STATION RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED.

1/1/1978 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1978 (JWB) RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN AT FRESNO AIR TERMINAL.

1/1/1983 by DMA (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY DEFENSE MAP AGENCY 1983 (LMW) STATION RECOVERED GOOD.

6/15/1992 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1992 THE STATION IS LOCATED ON TOP OF THE NEW CONTROL TOWER AT FRESNO AIR TERMINAL. THE BEACON IS A STANDARD ROTATING GREEN AND WHITE LIGHT. NOTE, THIS IS A NO CHECK GEODESY POSITION QUAD 361194, STA 1039A.


FOUND DATA
Lat: 36° 46.388
Long: 119° 43.319
Alt: NA

Found it at 12:00, 11 January 2003. Found it as described and in good condition. I grew up about a mile and a half from this tower and watched the green & white light every night.

WGS84 coordinates found by 3.5 minute occupation about 100 south of the tower with 7 strong satellites, 2 weak satellites, and 1 WAAS satellite.

Fresno Air Terminal Control Tower


The Control Tower from the southwest end of the parking lot. The rotating beacon can be seen on the top of the tower, down low between the antennas.


Detail of the top of the tower.


The Control Tower from the west.

GT2105 - PINEDALE COMPRESS AND WAREHOUSE COMPANY WATER TANK

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 36° 50.675
Long: 119° 48.341
Alt: 0
Designation: PENEDALE COMPRESS AND WHSE CO WATER TANK
Marker Type: tank
Setting: setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1950 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1950 (RJS) THE STATION IS THE PINEDALE COMPRESS AND WAREHOUSE COMPANY WATER TANK, LOCATED ABOUT 8 MILES AIR LINE NORTH OF FRESNO AND ABOUT 1 MILE AIR LINE WEST OF PINEDALE. IT IS A 4 LEGGED STEEL STRUCTURE WITH A SILVER COLORED 100,000 GALLON WATER TANK ON ITS TOP. THE POINT TAKEN WAS THE TOP CENTER WHICH IS 199 FEET HIGH.

1/1/1960 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1960 (WTJ) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED, WITH FOLLOWING EXCEPTION-- PINEDALE COMPRESS AND WAREHOUSE COMPANY IS NOW CALCOT COMPRESS AND THE WORD CALCOT NOW APPEARS ON THE EAST AND WEST SIDES OF THE TANK IN LARGE LETTERS.

1/1/1964 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1964 (WTJ) RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED IN 1960 RECOVERY AND IN GOOD CONDITION.


FOUND DATA
Lat: 36° 50.679
Long: 119° 48.338
Alt: NA

Found it at 11:30, 11 January 2003. Found it as described and in good condition. The tank no longer has 'Calcot' painted on the side but it is well maintained and still in use.

Original coordinates (NAD83) off by about 50 feet when in WGS84 mode. WGS84 coordinates found by 4 minute occupation at the base of the tank with 6 strong satellites and 1 WAAS satellite.

The Pinedale Compress and Warehouse Company water tank.


The Pinedale Compress and Warehouse Company water tank as seen from below.


The view east at the Pinedale Compress and Warehouse Company water tank.


The view north at the Pinedale Compress and Warehouse Company water tank as seen from Herndon Avenue.

2003-01-07

GU3436 - FIREBAUGH MUNICIPAL TANK

This mark was REVISITED November 22, 2008.

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 36° 51.592
Long: 120° 27.281
Alt: 0
Designation: FIREBAUGH MUNICIPAL TANK
Marker Type: NGS Benchmark
Setting: setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1943 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1943 (JCS) THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS THE APEX OF THE MUNICIPAL WATER TANK IN THE TOWN OF FIREBAUGH. IT IS LOCATED ON THE E EDGE OF THE TOWN, ABOUT 0.2 MILE E OF THE MAIN INTERSECTION. THE TANK IS ELEVATED, ABOUT 100 FEET HIGH, WOODEN, AND PAINTED SILVER. INTERSECTED FROM MILLER, FIREBAUGH, OXALIS.

1/1/1962 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1962 (JCC) THE STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS PREVIOUSLY DESCRIBED IN 1943.

1/1/1970 by NGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1970 (LS) THE STATION SHOULD BE USED WITH CAUTION. THE STEEL SUPPORTING TOWER IS STILL IN PLACE BUT THE WOODEN TANK HAS BEEN REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH A METAL TANK CLOSE TO BUT PROBABLY NOT AT THE SAME EXACT POSITION. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--AT FIREBAUGH

1/1/1971 by NGS (MONUMENTED)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1971 (WMJ) THE FIREBAUGH MUNICIPAL WATER TANK 1943 HAS BEEN DESTROYED AND A NEW TANK HAS BEEN BUILT NEAR THE SAME LOCATION.


FOUND DATA
Lat: 36° 51.595
Long: 120° 27.286
Alt: NA

Found it at 15:45, 07 Jan., 2003. Found as described and in good condition at the southeasterly side of 11th Street between P & Q Streets. A cylindrical tank with four legs. It is now painted blue with 'Firebaugh' written on the side.

WGS84 coordinates found by 4 minute occupation with 7 strong satellites and 1 WAAS satellite.

View from the southwest.


Another view from the southwest.


The tank and the GPSr.

GU0549 - U 361

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 36° 49.233
Long: 120° 32.883
Alt: 205.1
Designation: U 361
Marker Type: bench mark disk
Setting: set into the top of a round concrete monument
Stability: May hold, but of type commonly subject to surface motion.

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1953 by CGS (MONUMENTED)

1/1/1966 by NGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1966 9 MI W FROM FIREBAUGH. 2.8 MILES SOUTH ALONG STATE HIGHWAY 33 FROM THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC STATION AT FIREBAUGH, THENCE 6.2 MILES WEST ALONG BULLARD AVENUE, AT THE CROSSING OF A LARGE IRRIGATION DITCH, 37 FEET SOUTH OF THE CENTER LINE OF THE AVENUE, 9 FEET WEST OF THE CENTER LINE OF A DIRT ROAD SOUTH ALONG THE WEST BANK OF THE DITCH, 75 FEET WEST AND ACROSS THE DITCH FROM A POWER POLE, 2.0 FEET EAST OF A WITNESS POST, 1.0 FOOT WEST OF A WITNESS POST, ABOUT LEVEL WITH THE AVENUE AND IN THE TOP OF A CONCRETE POST PROJECTING 0.3 FOOT.

1/1/1972 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1972 RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.


FOUND DATA
Lat: 36° 49.284
Long: 120° 32.902
Alt: NA

Found it at 15:20, 07 Jan., 2003. USC&GS brasscap found mostly as described and in fair condition. The witness post is missing and the face has been scared, probably by farm equipment. About 23 feet (paced) from the south edge of the pavement and flush with the ground. WGS84 coordinates found by 5 minute occupation with 8 strong satellites and 2 WAAS satellites.

Benchmark detail.


The benchmark and the GPSr.


The view to the southeast. LOTS of farmland.

2003-01-04

GU3536 - FIREBAUGH DAVIS FARMS TANK

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 36° 49.309
Long: 120° 30.337
Alt: 0
Designation: FIREBAUGH DAVIS FARMS TANK
Marker Type: elevated tank
Setting: setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1971 by NGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1971 (WMJ) THE POINT INTERSECTED WAS THE FINIAL KNOB ATOP THE FIREBAUGH, N. F. DAVIS FARMS, WATER TANK THAT IS LOCATED ABOUT 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF MENDOTA, 3.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF FIREBAUGH AND 0.7 MILE WEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF BULLARD AVENUE AND DOUGLAS AVENUE. THE TANK IS CYLINDRICAL IN SHAPE, SUPPORTED BY FOUR STRUCTURAL STEEL LEGS AND PAINTED ALUMINUM IN COLOR. IT IS 110 FEET IN HEIGHT.


FOUND DATA
Lat: 36° 49.305
Long: 120° 30.339
Alt: NA

Found as described and in poor condition. As a triangulation station for surveying purposes it is still usable. As a water tank it is in bad shape and no longer in use. Very rusted and vandalized, and the water supply lines and pumps have been removed. WGS84 coordinates found by 3 minute occupation at the base of the tank with 6 strong satellites and 6 WAAS satellite.

A close view of the tank from the southwest.


The tank as seen from the east.


The tanks and the GPSr.

GU0552 - K 1227

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 36° 49.267
Long: 120° 33.917
Alt: 206.4
Designation: K 1227
Marker Type: bench mark disk
Setting: massive structures
Stability: Probably hold position/elevation well.

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1972 by NGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1972 10 MI W FROM FIREBAUGH. 2.8 MILES SOUTH ALONG THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC COMPANY RAILROAD FROM THE STATION AT FIREBAUGH, THENCE 7.2 MILES WEST ALONG BULLARD AVENUE, AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE JUNCTION OF FAIRFAX AVENUE, IN THE TOP AND 0.4 FOOT NORTHWEST OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE CONCRETE BASE OF FOUR LARGE WATER PUMPS, 51 1/2 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER LINE OF BULLARD AVENUE, 74 FEET EAST OF THE CENTER LINE OF FAIRFAX AVENUE, 3.0 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THE EAST MOST PUMP, AND ABOUT 2 FEET LOWER THAN THE AVENUE. SECTION 4, T 13S, R 13E


FOUND DATA
Lat: 36° 49.305
Long: 120° 33.957
Alt: NA

Found as described and in good condition. It was difficult to get a good reading on the benchmark as the pumps blocked the signals from some of the satellites. WGS84 coordinates found by 4 minute occupation with 4 strong satellites and 1 WAAS satellite.

Benchmark detail.


The benchmark and the GPSr.


The benchmark, GPSr, and concrete base.


The pumps. The mark can be seen set in the concrete base.


The view to the north. The mark and GPSr can be seen on the corner of the concrete base at the lower left of the picture.

GU0545 - J 1227

County: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

PUBLISHED DATA
Lat: 36° 49.233
Long: 120° 31.800
Alt: 201
Designation: J 1227
Marker Type: bench mark disk
Setting: massive structures
Stability: Probably hold position/elevation well.

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1972 by NGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1972 8 MI W FROM FIREBAUGH. 2.8 MILES SOUTH ALONG THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC COMPANY RAILROAD FROM THE STATION AT FIREBAUGH, THENCE 5.2 MILES WEST ALONG BULLARD AVENUE, AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE JUNCTION OF JEROLD AVENUE, IN THE TOP AND 0.3 FOOT SOUTH OF THE NORTH END OF THE WEST CONCRETE HEAD WALL OF A SIPHON UNDER JEROLD AVENUE, 50 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER LINE OF BULLARD AVENUE, 52 FEET WEST OF THE CENTER LINE OF JEROLD AVENUE, AND ABOUT 1 1/2 FEET HIGHER THAN BULLARD AVENUE. SECTION 3, T13S, R 13E


FOUND DATA
Lat: 36° 49.295
Long: 120° 31.817
Alt: NA

Found as described and in good condition. WGS84 coordinates found by 3.5 minute occupation with 7 strong satellites and 1 intermittent WAAS satellite.

Benchmark detail.


The Benchmark and the GPSr.


The headwall.


The view westerly.