Geographic Center of Santa Clara Valley - California
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 13.556 W 121° 44.933
10S E 610991 N 4120669
Quick Description: The “Tamienne Monument” marks the geographic center of Santa Clara Valley.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 5:17:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM9AJ5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PG GoldWing
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Long Description:
Along Coyote Creek trail, 0.1 mile south of Metcalf Road, there is the “Tamienne Monument.” This stone marker, created by a local artist, denotes the geographical center point of the Santa Clara Valley. It consists of a smooth granite stone mounted in the ground with “Silicon Valley” etched into it in two languages, English and binary code, thus denoting the shift from the Valley’s agricultural past to its present connotation as Silicon Valley and a center of the high tech business world.

Here is how to decode the binary code. Each of the six rows has 24 binary digits. Break each row into three 8-bit numbers, resulting in 3x6 or 18 groups of digits. For ease in representation, convert the 8-bit number into two hexadecimal digits. Then look up that hex number in an ASCII character chart.

Binary - Hex - ACSII char
01010011 - 53 - S
01100001 - 61 - a
01101110 - 6E - n
01110100 - 74 - t
01100001 - 61 - a
00100000 - 20 - " " (space)
01000011 - 43 - C
01101100 - 6C - l
01100001 - 61 - a
01110010 - 72 - r
01100001 - 61 - a
00100000 - 20 - " " (space)
01010110 - 56 - V
01100001 - 61 - a
01101100 - 6C - l
01101100 - 6C - l
01100101 - 65 - e
01111001 - 79 - y

Thus one can see that the string of binary digits, represents the characters string "Santa Clara Valley".
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