FU3379 - "TEHACHAPI SO PAC RR TANK"
Stopped in Tehachapi, Ca. on the way to Lancaster, Ca. An unexpected overnight snowstorm slowed our leaving town but didn't hamper finding this mark.
Located in the town of Tehachapi, Kern County, California, this USC&GS triangulation station lies adjacent to the town water tank on the north side of East Tehachapi Boulevard between Green Street and Robinson Street. Found USC&GS station "Tehachapi So Pac RR Tank" at 10:20, 16 February 2019 as described and in good condition. Located inside the fence and maintained as a centerpiece of Tehachapi history, this monument is well protected. The tank is now adorned with the City name and a train logo identifying historic Tehachapi. NGS benchmark FU3208 "A 1243" is set at the base of one of the northwest legs of the tower. Go to description is adequate to find the mark.
Published Details for Benchmark: FU3379
N 35° 07.929 W 118° 26.792 (NAD 83) Altitude: 0
Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is UNKNOWN and location is ADJUSTED.
Location: In Kern County, CA
Designation: TEHACHAPI SO PAC RR TANK
Marker Type: NGS Benchmark
Setting: setting not listed - see description
Stability: None listed
Documented History (by the NGS) 01/01/1963 by CGS (MONUMENTED) DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1963 (WRH) THE STATION IS LOCATED IN THE NORTH PART AND NEAR THE CENTER OF TEHACHAPI AND 0.05 MILE EAST OF THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC AND SANTA FE RAILROAD DEPOT. THE STATION IS A BLACK 12 LEGGED STEEL WATER TANK APPROXIMATELY 60 FEET IN HEIGHT. THE POINT OBSERVED WAS THE BALL ATOP THE WATER TANK. THE TANK IS 90 FEET SOUTH OF THE SOUTH TRACK OF THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD AND 65 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER OF U.S. HIGHWAY 466. STATION RECOVERY (2010) RECOVERY NOTE BY GEOCACHING 2010 (SWK) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. THE LEGS ARE BLACK BUT THE BODY OF THE WATER TOWER IS NOW GRAY WITH THE TOWN LOGO ON THE SIDE. US 466 IS NOW TEHACHAPI BLVD. STATION RECOVERY (2011) RECOVERY NOTE BY GEOCACHING 2011 (GAH) TANK NOW GREY WITH ART AND LOGO HISTORIC DOWNTOWN TEHACHAPI AND IS CENTERPIECE OF TEHACHAPI RAILROAD PARK, EST. 1970. BALL STILL VISIBLE ON TOP. 8 OUTER AND 4 INNER STEEL LEGS PAINTED BLACK. IN CONCRETE BASE OF NORTWEST OUTER LEG FIND MARK FU3208. USGS TOPO MAPS IDENTIFY BM 3973 AT THIS LOCATION BUT CANNOT TELL IF IT IS THIS MARK OR FU3208.
|FU3379 "TEHACHAPI SO PAC RR TANK" - View from the southwest on Tehachapi Boulevard.|
|FU3379 "TEHACHAPI SO PAC RR TANK" - View from the southeast on Tehachapi Boulevard.|
|FU3379 "TEHACHAPI SO PAC RR TANK" - View from below, near the northwesterly legs and benchmark FU3208.|
|FU3379 "TEHACHAPI SO PAC RR TANK" - A Union Pacific train passes on the track adjacent to the tank.|