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Here are some interesting videos about Benchmark Hunting...
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Benchmark Hunting is part history lesson and part scavenger hunt. Follow along as participants use coordinates to locate permanent survey markers laid across the country by the US Geological Survey between 1807 and 1990. Hosted by Abaqus. Part of Vehix's GeoCar series on travel adventures using GPS technology. Filmmaker Ben Youngerman




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This is a hunt for a survey monument named Galloway. Galloway was set in 1916 and is the oldest known horizontal control in Pulaski County, AR. We found the original 1916 marker and a 1940 reset which was found 11 feet north of it. This video was shot on August 11, 2009. The people seen in this video are John Burton (safety glasses), Mike Blair (red shirt), Sandy Sims, Cory Sutton, Sherman Smith, Barbara Richard, Ricky Priddy, John DuBois, and me Daniel Phillips (shooting the video).




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In 1807 Congress ordered the "Survey of the Coast" which caused the formation of the U.S. Coast Survey department. Eventually it was expanded to include the surveying of inland. There is a great deal of history on the internet for anyone interested and inclined to search it out. These markers were placed in my area in 1935 and 1946.