BOISE MERIDIAN INITIAL POINT RESET
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
N 43° 22.321 W 116° 23.645
11T E 549088 N 4802306
Quick Description: The Initial Point of Idaho "Boise Meridian" near Kuna, Ada County, Idaho
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 10/14/2008 9:23:42 AM
Waymark Code: WM4YMC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member CoinsAndPins
Views: 29

Long Description:
All of what is now the State of Idaho was originally a part of the Oregon Territory,acquired through the Treaty with Great Britain, June 15, 1846, 9 Stat. 860.
For a brief History of the Oregon Territory,see the Williamette Meridan.
The Oregon Territory was the land area between 42 degrees and 49 degrees north latitude,lying west of the Continental Divide.

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM ALBERT WHITE'S EXCERPT:

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This monument is in poor shape as it has been vandalised several times all that reamains as of this date is the stem.
The Idaho Surveyors appear to be looking at replacing this mark.

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AS DESCRIBED BY THE NGS:
BENCHMARK OH1335

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1/1/1937 by USGLO (MONUMENTED)

1/1/1944 by CGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1944 (ANS) STATION IS ABOUT 8 MILES SLIGHTLY E OF S OF KUNA AND 1 MILE E OF THE ROAD LEADING FROM KUNA TOWARDS SWAN FALLS. IT IS ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF A SMALL BUT PROMINENT LAVE BUTTE RISING ABOUT 150 FEET ABOVE THE LEVEL OF THE VALLEY. STATION IS ON A ROCKY PROTRUSION AT THE SW EDGE OF SUMMIT THAT RISES ABOUT 4 FEET HIGHER THAN THE SURROUNDING POINTS. THIS PROTRUSION IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ORIGINAL U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY STATION LOCATED ON THE BOISE MERIDIAN AND DESCRIBED AS THE INITIAL POINT OF THE LAND SURVEY OF IDAHO. THE LOCATION IS NOW MARKED BY THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE. STATION MARK IS A STANDARD GENERAL LAND OFFICE CAP FASTENED ON A 3-INCH IRON PIPE PROJECTING 4 INCHES ABOVE A MOUND OF CONCRETE AND ROCK ABOUT 2 FEET IN HEIGHT AND 3 FEET IN DIAMETER. IT IS STAMPED SC T 1 N R 1 W S 36 R 1 E S 31 S 1 S 6 T 1 S 1937. NO UNDERGROUND, REFERENCE, OR WITNESS MARK WAS SET. A GENERAL LAND OFFICE STANDARD CAP, STAMPED 1/4 S 35 S 36 1910, SERVES AS THE AZIMUTH MARK FOR THIS STATION. IT IS RIVETED TO THE TOP OF A 1-INCH IRON PIPE AND PROJECTS ABOUT 1 FOOT ABOVE THE GROUND. MARK IS 3 METERS W OF CENTER LINE OF ROAD AND 1 FOOT N OF A CAIRN TWO FEET HIGH. TO REACH STATION FROM THE POST OFFICE AT KUNA, GO E AND S ON PAVED ROAD FRONTING THE BUILDING FOR 0.25 MILE, AND, AS THE HIGHWAY TURNS LEFT, KEEP STRAIGHT AHEAD (S) ON A GRADED DIRT ROAD CROSSING A BRIDGE AND THE RAILROAD TRACKS. GO S 7.8 MILES TO SMALL CAIRN AND AZIMUTH MARK ON RIGHT. CONTINUE 0.25 MILE S ON GRADED ROAD TO JUNCTION WITH A DIM TRACK ROAD ON LEFT. TURN LEFT ONTO TRACK ROAD. CONTINUE E 0.6 MILE. TAKE RIGHT FORK (MAIN-TRAVELED ROAD) CONTINUE 0.15 MILE. TAKE LEFT FORK (MAIN-TRAVELED ROAD) 0.45 MILE TO END OF TRUCK TRAVEL AS THE S BASE OF THE BUTTE. PACK N AND W APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND STATION.
1/1/1956 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1956 STATION MARK--A STANDARD GENERAL LAND OFFICE CAP FASTENED ON A 3 IN. IRON PIPE PROJECTING 4 IN. ABOVE A MOUND OF CONCRETE AND ROCK ABOUT 2 FT. IN HEIGHT AND 3 FT. IN DIAMETER. IT IS STAMPED---SC T 1 N R 1 W S 36 R 1 E S 31 S 1 S 6 T 1 S 1937---.
1/1/1958 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1958 (WWH) THE STATION RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. THE MONUMENT IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND THE DESCRIPTION IS STILL ADEQUATE FOR REACHING THE STATION.
1/1/1965 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1965 (PAS) THE STATION MARK WAS RECOVERED. THE AZIMUTH MARK WAS SEARCHED FOR BUT NOT RECOVERED AND BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN DESTROYED BY ROAD MACHINERY. THE IDAHO SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS AND THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION HAS REPLACED THE CAP WITH A BRONZE DISK, STAMPED SC T 1 N R 1 W S 36 R 1 E S 31 S 1 S 6 T 1 S, SET FLUSH NEAR THE CENTER OF A CONCRETE VIEW PLATFORM THAT HAS A PIPE GUARD RAIL. A NEW TO REACH FOLLOWS. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE KUNA POST OFFICE GO EAST AND SOUTH ON STATE HIGHWAY 69 FOR 0.3 MILE TO WHERE THE HIGHWAY TURNS EAST AGAIN, HERE CONTINUE SOUTH ON CHICAGO AVE. AND GRAVELED ROAD FOR 8.0 MILES TO A BLADED ROAD LEFT, TURN LEFT AND GO EAST ON THE BLADED ROAD FOR 1.0 MILE TO A FORK, TAKE LEFT FORK THAT CIRCLES UP THE EAST SIDE OF THE HILL FOR 0.15 MILE TO A PARKING AREA NEAR THE SUMMIT. FROM HERE PACK SOUTHWEST FOR ABOUT 150 FEET TO THE STATION.
1/1/1977 by LOCENG (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY LOCAL ENGINEER (INDIVIDUAL OR FIRM) 1977 (JJP) SC T1N R1E S36 S31 S1 S6 T1S 1937 RECOVERED EXCELLENT. 1/4 S35 S36 (AZIMUTH MARK) COULD NOT BE FOUND. LIKELY WAS RESET BELOW GROUND LEVEL WHEN SWAN FALLS ROAD WAS IMPROVED. MARK WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED. TO REACH INSTRUCTIONS ARE ADEQUATE. DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--EIGHT MILES SOUTH AND ONE MILE EAST OF KUNA.
1/1/1979 by NGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1979 (LHW) THE STATION MARK WAS RECOVERED AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. THE AZIMUTH MARK AND THE CAIRN WAS SEARCHED FOR AND NOT FOUND. REFERENCE MARKS 1 AND 2 AND AN AZIMUTH MARK WERE ESTABLISHED. A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS. THE STATION IS LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 1, T. 1 N., R. 1 W., ATOP A PROMINENT BUTTE LOCALLY KNOWN AS INITIAL POINT, 6-1/2 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF MELBA, 8 MILES SOUTH OF KUNA AND ON PROPERTY OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE POST OFFICE IN KUNA, GO EAST ON STATE HIGHWAY 69 FOR 0.3 MILES TO A FORK. GO STRAIGHT AHEAD AND SOUTH ON LINDER AND SWAN FALLS ROAD FOR 2.0 MILES TO THE END OF PAVEMENT. CONTINUE SOUTH ON SWAN FALLS ROAD FOR 8.0 MILES TO A CROSSROAD. TURN LEFT AND GO EAST ON A GRAVEL ROAD FOR 0.3 MILE TO THE TOP OF A SMALL RISE AND THE AZIMUTH MARK ON THE HIGHEST POINT. CONTINUE EAST ON THE GRAVEL ROAD FOR 0.7 MILE TO A FORK. BEAR LEFT AND GO UPHILL FOR 0.25 MILE TO THE STATION ON THE HIGHEST POINT, SURROUNDED BY A RAILING. THE STATION IS A STANDARD GOVERNMENT LAND OFFICE DISK STAMPED---SC T1N R1W R1E S36 S31 S1 S6 T1S 1937---, SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN THE CONCRETE DECK OF AN OBSERVATION PLATFORM. IT IS LOCATED 2.0 METERS EAST-NORTHEAST FROM A METAL WITNESS POST, 3.6 METERS NORTH FROM THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE OBSERVATION DECK AND 3.6 METERS FROM THE CENTER OF A GRANITE MONUMENT. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 01 IS A STANDARD NGS DISK STAMPED---INITIAL POINT GLO 1944 NO 1 1979---, SET INTO THE TOP OF A BOULDER OF 2 METERS LARGEST DIMENSION. IT IS LOCATED 7.3 METERS NORTH FROM THE GRANITE MONUMENT AND 4.3 METERS NORTHWEST FROM THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE OBSERVATION CK. MARK IS BELOW STATION 3 METERS. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER 02 IS A STANDARD NGS DISK STAMPED---INITIAL POINT GLO 1944 NO 2 1979---, SET INTO THE TOP OF A BOULDER OF 2 METERS LARGEST DIMENSION. IT IS LOCATED 4.3 METERS SOUTHEAST FROM THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE OBSEVATION DECK AND 6.9 METERS SOUTH OF THE GRANITE MONUMENT. MARK IS BELOW STATION 3 METERS. AZIMUTH MARK NUMBER 03 IS A STANDARD NGS DISK STAMPED---INITIAL POINT GLO 1944 NO 2 1979---, SET INTO THE TOP OF A BOULDER OF 4 METERS LARGEST DIMENSION. IT IS LOCATED 2.3 FEET NORTH FROM A METAL WITNESS POST AND 57 FEET SOUTH FROM THE APPROXIMATE CENTER OF THE TRACK ROAD. NO MEASUREMENT BETWEEN REFERENCE MARKS BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENCE OF ELEVATION AND THE MONUMENT BETWEEN. HEIGHT OF LIGHT SHOWN ABOVE THE MARK WAS 1.7 METERS.

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HAPPY..........................................WAYMARKING
Type of survey mark: BENCHMARK DISC IN STONE OUTCROP

What indicators are near the mark to help people identify where it is located?:
ATOP A PROMINENT BUTTE LOCALLY KNOWN AS INITIAL POINT ON THE HIGHEST POINT, SURROUNDED BY A RAILING SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN THE CONCRETE DECK OF AN OBSERVATION PLATFORM. IT IS LOCATED 2.0 METERS EAST-NORTHEAST FROM A METAL WITNESS POST, 3.6 METERS NORTH FROM THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE OBSERVATION DECK AND 3.6 METERS FROM THE CENTER OF A GRANITE MONUMENT.


What property is this mark defining?:
IDAHO PUBLIC LANDS


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