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Description:
This waymark category is for waymarking and logging any benchmarks recovered in the U.S. and other U.S. territories only.
Expanded Description:
This category is for waymarking:
  1. Benchmarks included in the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) geodetic mark database and/or the Geocaching copy of the NGS database.
  2. Disks and other types of geodetic marks that are listed in local benchmark databases on misc. websites.
  3. Benchmarks that you find, including disks that look just like geodetic disks, such as cadastral disks, right of way disks, and boundary marker disks.
  4. Auxiliary disks including Reference Mark disks and Azimuth Mark disks. (If the auxiliary disk doesn't have its own datasheet but is mentioned in a station disk's datasheet, please provide the URL of the station disk's datasheet.)

Waymarking uses the term "benchmark" to include both bench marks (vertical control) and other geodetic marks (horizontal control), and therefore this category is for waymarking both general types.

This category is fairly strictly limited to disk (and pipe cap and rod) type marks (with a photograph) for fear that too many marks that may appear to be geodetic marks, but are not, might otherwise be included. As of 2/1/2010, the following change is in effect. There are also thousands of survey marks like nails or wood stakes with painted triangles, small round washers, disks less than 2 inches in diameter, survey ribbon, and the like, making it obvious that the marker is a survey point, but this category will not include them. These items that were waymarked prior to 2/1/2010 are grandfathered.

However, non-disk types will be allowed if they are listed in an online database of benchmarks (such as on Geocaching.com) and include objects such as lookout towers, nails, bolts, spires, chiseled squares, etc.

The Agency dropdown menu will grow (manually by the category manager) with mark recoveries.

As of 6/30/2015, any benchmark recovered as 'destroyed' will NOT be accepted into this category. Prior approved destroyed benchmarks are grandfathered. If you have any questions regarding a destroyed benchmark, please contact one of the category officers prior to submitting a waymark.

Instructions for Posting a U.S. Benchmarks Waymark:
As of 2/1/2010, the following change is in effect. There are also thousands of survey marks like nails or wood stakes with painted triangles, small round washers, disks less than 2 inches in diameter, survey ribbon, and the like, making it obvious that the marker is a survey point, but this category will not include them. These items that were waymarked prior to 2/1/2010 are grandfathered.
  1. A closeup photo of the disk taken by you is required.
    If a rod - a photo of the rod under the cover and showing designation on the cover collar is required. rod example
    A second photo taken a few feet from the disk with the disk in view is a very welcome addition!
  2. A description of how to locate the disk is required in the Long Description field. This is particularly important for those marks not listed in an online database.
    Example: 14 feet NE of a 4-inch oak tree and 7 feet W of the face of the curb of Main Street.
    Example: 8 inches inside of the SW corner of the bridge.
    Note: Only general detail is required if the position of the disk is made clear in the second photo.
    Example: near the NW corner of the intersection of 7th Street and Maple Avenue.
  3. Coordinates based on reading your GPS receiver are required. You must use either NAD83 or WGS84 datum.
  4. If you used an online database to find the mark, use either A or B below as applicable.

    1. If you used an online database (Geocaching's, NGS, or a local database) that has an individual URL for each benchmark's datasheet, provide the URL of the benchmark's individual datasheet in the "Web address of this benchmark's datasheet" variable.
    2. If you used an online local benchmark database that does not have an individual URL for each benchmark's datasheet, provide the URL of the database in the "Local database's URL" variable.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
  1. A closeup photo of the mark taken by you is required.
  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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Variables:
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  • Designation
  • Benchmark Agency
  • Benchmark Agency (if other)
  • Monumentation type
  • Monumentation type (if other)
  • County
  • USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name
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  • Find type
  • Web address of this benchmark's datasheet (optional)
  • NGS PID
  • Local database's URL (optional)
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U.S. BenchmarksOdd Greenish Benchmark Along Franklin Pike Circle -Nashville, TN

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Odd Greenish Benchmark in Nashville, TN

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CuriousBM

location: Tennessee

date approved: 7/3/2015

last visited: never

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Smyrna RM 2 Mark in Brentwood, TN

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CuriousBM

location: Tennessee

date approved: 7/3/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksBenchmark "S 302" at Harpeth River bridge in Brentwood, TN

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Benchmark "S 302" at Harpeth River bridge in Brentwood, TN

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CuriousBM

location: Tennessee

date approved: 7/3/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksTNDOT benchmark at Harpeth River bridge in Brentwood, TN

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TNDOT benchmark at Harpeth River bridge in Brentwood, TN

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CuriousBM

location: Tennessee

date approved: 7/3/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksMaricopa County Hwy Dept. 1311 - Gilbert, Arizona

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This Maricopa County Highway Department elevation marker is on the northwest corner of the Riggs Road bridge over the Roosevelt Canal.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1

location: Arizona

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksUSGS 43 Elevation Benchmark - Bucksport, ME

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This BM is to be found on the front (south) end of the stone handrail cap in front of the Bucksport Library.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. Benchmarks2626-30 - Busckport, ME

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This survey marker was found in the sidewalk in front of the Bucksport town hall and across the street from the Bucksport Library.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksMA-1-21 - Machias, ME

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MA-1-21 is a Survey Marker monumented by the Maine Department of Transportation in 1988. It is embedded in the base of a war memorial on the east side of Highway 1 at the Highway 192 junction, just south of the river.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksChurch Spire - Cox Memorial Methodist Church - Hallowell, ME

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This predominantly white wood framed church has a tall steeple, which is the station. In 1949 the white ball was missing from the top of the weathervane. We can report that it is safely back in place as of 2015, but has changed colour.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksChurch Spire - South Parish Congregational Church - Augusta, ME

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The station is the spire of this dramatic 1865 Gothic Revival church. The church has an exorbitantly tall spire and stands on Church Street at State Street.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksState Capitol Dome - Augusta, ME

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Atop the capitol dome is a gilded statue with a light in the hand of its outstretched arm. This is the station in question. On Capitol Street at Water Street, the Capitol Building is pretty easy to find.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. Benchmarks1060 A 2010 Cutler, ME

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Monumented in 2010 by the National Ocean Service, this Tidal Benchmark is to be found in a traffic island at the Highway 191-Steamboat Wharf Road junction in Cutler.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksWest Quoddy Head Light - Lubec, ME

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This, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the US, is at the end of Quoddy Head Road, which leads south and east from Highway 189 at the coastal town of Lubec. The benchmark is the finial atop the red and white striped lighthouse.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksChurch Spire - St. Patricks Catholic Church - Lewiston, ME

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From 1887 to October of 2009 a Catholic Church, it is now closed and has been sold to a developer. The benchmark is the cross atop the taller of the two spires. It is the left, or north, one of the two.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksChurch Spire - Congregationalist Church - Sandy Point, ME

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This church, though not terribly big, is nonetheless the best candidate in Sandy Point for a spire benchmark. The church stands on the west side of Highway 1 and marks the social, if not the actual, centre of the community.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksChurch Spire - First Parish Church - Yarmouth, ME

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There are two white wood framed churches along Main Street in Brunswick, both of whose spires have been designated as benchmarks. This is the First Parish Church, on the south side of the street and a bit west of the other, the Universalist Church.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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There are two white wood framed churches along Main Street in Brunswick, both of whose spires have been designated as benchmarks. This is the Universalist Church, on the north side of the street and a bit east of the other, the First Parish Church.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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This spire is actually four small spires atop a square tower at the front of the church. The church is painted an off-white colour and stands at the intersection of Main Street (Highway 24) and Bath Road.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksChurch Spire - St. John the Baptist Church - Brunswick, ME

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St. John is a 103 year old stone church in central Brunswick. Its copper clad spire with gilt cross is our benchmark. It originally appeared dark in colour as it was new, but now it has attained a bright green patina as the copper oxidized.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksBM P.O. 1936 - Machias, ME

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Machias now has a new post office a few blocks away, but this one still has a benchmark. The BM is in the smooth granite belt line about two feet above ground in the front wall, very near the east end of the wall. The building appears to be vacant.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksIdaho Cadastral Survey 11S R2W

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A Department of the Interior/BLM disk set in the ground south of the river near Celebration Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BadSquirrel

location: Idaho

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksME 71 - Machias, ME

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ME 71 is monumented in the front wall of the Washington County Courthouse in Machias. It is in the smooth granite belt line above the rough granite foundation at the west end of the wall, barely two feet above ground level.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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U.S. BenchmarksChurch Spire - Elm Street Congregational Church - Bucksport, ME

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This old wood frame church, built in 1838, has a very tall spire which is topped with an octagonal finial and a "fish" weathervane. It makes for a pretty good benchmark. No longer brown, it is white today.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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D 18 is mounted on the old Maine Central Railroad Depot, at the end of the tracks on Union Street. It's in the east (end) foundation wall just north of the south corner. Very easy to spot, it's almost impossible to miss, though I very nearly did!

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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The benchmark is set in the vertical brick wall of the Belfast Post Office on Franklin Street, about one foot above the concrete foundation. It's in the front, north, wall and just west of the east corner.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Maine

date approved: 6/30/2015

last visited: never

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