Corps of Discovery II - Huntington, WV
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member king.hubi
N 38° 25.464 W 082° 26.582
17S E 374036 N 4253890
Quick Description: A four-inch Corps of Discovery II Lewis and Clark commemorative disk located in the David Harris Riverfront Park overlooking the Ohio River in Huntington, West Virginia.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/12/2010 5:50:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM9892
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
Views: 15

Long Description:

The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, which occurred from 1803-1806, explored the lands of the Louisiana Purchase from the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, across the Rockies, and all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The exploration is being commemorated by numerous survey markers.

This Corps of Discovery II station is a four-inch Lewis and Clark commemorative disk located in the David Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, West Virginia. The disk is monumented horizontal in the top of a concrete wall overlooking the Ohio River. The disk does not have any identifying stamping. But it shows the reverse design elements of Thomas Jefferson's Indian Peace Medal, clasped hands and a crossed tomahawk and peace pipe. Also a little triangle with the datum point in the middle and the text CORPS OF DISCOVERY II200 YEARS TO THE FUTUREPEACE AND FRIENDSHIP.

To reach the marker from junction 3rd Avenue and 10th Street (near Pullman Square) in Huntington, WV go north on 10th Street for 155 meters until you reach Veterans Memorial Boulevard (Route 60). Cross Veterans Memorial Boulevard and the rail road tracks and go through the gate of the flood wall. Proceed north around the round-about for another 95 meters until you reach the concrete wall. You will find the disk in the middle of the concrete wall with a great view over the Ohio River. The marker is 1 meter above the walkway and 8 meters above the Ohio River. Right under the disk and attached to the concrete wall is a plaque with the following text:

This Lewis and Clark National Geodetic Survey
marker commemorates the Lewis and Clark Army
Expedition in 1803. The first of the great western
explorations, the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery,
began in the east and traveled the entire length of the
Ohio River past this point where the river runs west.

Buford Chapter,
Daughters of the American Revolution
Huntington Post,
Society of American Military Engineers
TRIAD Engineering, Inc.

More about the Corps of Discovery II markers program can be found on NOAA's National Geodetic Survey website. The National Park Service offers also a great website with a lot of information about The Lewis and Clark Journey of Discovery. And there is also a forum topic listing a lot more Corps of Discovery II markers.

Oh, and one last information. Before you go through the flood wall gate look at the left outer side (west) of the flood wall. There might be another bench mark sitting vertical in the flood wall.

Enjoy your bench mark hunt and the vista over the Ohio River.
Condition: Mark found in good condition

Designation: Corps of Discovery II

Benchmark Agency: National Geodetic Survey

Monumentation type: Disk (unspecified type)

County: Cabell and Wayne Counties

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name (optional): Huntington Quad

Special category (optional): Lewis and Clark marks

Find type: Found by luck/skill/knowledge

Benchmark Agency (if other): Not listed

Monumentation type (if other): Not listed

Special Category (if other): Not listed

Web address of this benchmark's datasheet (optional): Not listed

NGS PID: Not listed

Local database's URL (optional): Not listed

Visit Instructions:
  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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