GEOCAC (DM5588) - Crow Wing County, MN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member msrubble
N 46° 15.722 W 094° 19.074
15T E 398435 N 5124005
Quick Description: The GEOCAC benchmark for Minnesota.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 9/8/2011 8:29:32 PM
Waymark Code: WMCHE9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
Views: 56

Long Description:
Commemorative disk 4 inches in diameter is part of a project to set a GEOCAC benchmark in each of the fifty states, and to have them included in the National Geodetic Survey database. The disk was designed by GEO*Trailblazer 1, and is manufactured by Berntsen International.

And why GEOCAC? That is the agency name used by geocachers who report their recoveries of survey marks to NGS.

It was monumented in 2009 by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The Minnesota GEOCAC benchmark is a second order vertical control mark. The elevation is 1186.271 feet, with an accuracy of 0.016 foot. The horizontal coordinates are from my hand-held consumer-grade GPS (HH2).

The mark is in a concrete monument, flush with the ground. A bar magnet embedded in the monument makes it magnetic.

It is in the southeast quarter of Section 25, Township 44 N, Range 32 W, in Fort Ripley Township.

THE MARK IS 7.5 MI SOUTHWEST OF BAXTER, 7.5 MI SOUTHWEST ALONG TRUNK HIGHWAY 371 FROM THE JUNCTION OF TRUNK HIGHWAY 371 AND TRUNK HIGHWAY 210 IN BAXTER, AT TRUNK HIGHWAY 371 MILEPOST 21.15, TURN SOUTHEAST ONTO NORTH KOERING ROAD, PROCEED SOUTHEAST 300 FT TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE BRAINERD AREA WELCOME CENTER, MARK IS 200 FT NORTH OF THE NORTH PARKING LOT OF THE BRAINERD AREA WELCOME CENTER, 180 FT NORTH OF A LIGHT POLE, 230 FT NORTHEAST OF A LIGHT POLE, 75 FT NORTHEAST OF MNDOT DISTRICT THREE THIRD ORDER HORIZONTAL CONTROL POINT, 34 FT NORTH OF A 6 INCH NORWAY PINE, 39 FT EAST OF AN 8 INCH NORWAY PINE, 27 FT SOUTH OF A 6 INCH NORWAY PINE.
Condition: Mark found in good condition

Designation: GEOCAC

Benchmark Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN)

Monumentation type: Disk (unspecified type)

County: CROW WING

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name (optional): BAXTER

Special category (optional): Not listed

Special Category (if other): GEOCAC benchmarks

Find type: Coordinates and/or to-reach information from an online local database were used

Web address of this benchmark's datasheet (optional): [Web Link]

NGS PID: DM5588

Benchmark Agency (if other): Not listed

Monumentation type (if other): 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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