Virtual
Task Difficulty: 1.0 Out of 5.0
Terrain Difficulty: 1.0 Out of 5.0
Statystyka skrzynki
Oshkosh Municipal Tank - OU0331

 Intro to Benchmarking - Intersection Stations

Hidden by  glorkar

N 44° 01.077' W 88° 32.704' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Wisconsin
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 19 September 2011
 Date Created: 19 September 2011
 Last Modified: 19 September 2011
 Waypoint: OU0331

 


{{found}} 2 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 0 Comments
0 Notes
0 Watchers
1876 Visitors
1 x Rated
Rated as: N/A
GeoKrety History

Map
Available Maps: Opencaching,Google Maps

Cache Attributes

Quick Cache Kid Friendly Big Rig Friendly Wheelchair Access Available in Winter US Benchmark Listed on OCNA Only 

Please see the attributes article for more information.

Description   EN   

Benchmarking has been a hobby of mine for a while now and I thought that I'd like to bring a little bit of that to the Opencaching community.

What we have here is a classic example of what is referred to as an "intersection station."  What that means is simply that the benchmark intersects a line of sight and is used as a reference point for another location.  Pretty much if you can see it, you've found it!  The catch is that you have to make sure that the description of what you are looking at matches the description of the benchmark.

For example, many older water towers get torn down and replaced with newer, more streamline ones.  That means that the benchmark no longer exists, the new tower may not be the same height or built in the exact same spot.  For buildings, it is absolutely critical to also check the date of construction.  This is usually found on a block near the front entrance.

The mark you are looking for today is PN0957.  Here is the description according to the NGS Data Sheet:

 

"DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1954 (DAJ)

THE STATION IS LOCATED JUST NORTHEAST OF THE JAY AND MARION STREETS INTERSECTION IN OSHKOSH. IT IS ABOUT 120 FEET HIGH, HAS 12 LEGS, IS PAINTED SILVER, OF STEEL CONSTRUCTION AND HAS A BALL ON TOP. THE POINT INTERSECTED WAS THE BALL ON TOP"

 

And here are the subsequent reports after the initial recording of the mark:

 

"STATION RECOVERY (1964)

RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1964 (JMC)

RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED IN GOOD CONDITION. PN0957 PN0957"

 

"STATION RECOVERY (1968)

RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1968 (JMW)

THE STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION, BUT THE STREET CHANGES IN THE AREA WARRANT A NEW DESCRIPTION. THE STATION IS LOCATED DOWNTOWN OSHKOSH, ABOUT 0.15 MILE NORTHWEST ON MARION RD. FROM THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. 45 AND MARION RD. AND ABOUT 100 YARDS NORTHEAST OF MARION RD. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--DOWNTOWN OSHKOSH."

 

"STATION RECOVERY (1974)

RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1974 (ARB)

STATION RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN--DOWNTOWN OSHKOSH."

 

"STATION RECOVERY (1980)

RECOVERY NOTE BY LOCAL ENGINEER (INDIVIDUAL OR FIRM) 1980 (E)

DESCRIPTION ADEQUATE. TANK IN GOOD SHAPE. STATION RECOVERY (1996) RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1996

RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION."

 

"STATION RECOVERY (2006)

RECOVERY NOTE BY GEOCACHING 2006 (RFC)

RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION."

 

"STATION RECOVERY (2009)

RECOVERY NOTE BY GEOCACHING 2009 (JO)

RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION."

 

To view the original Data Sheet, please go to http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/ds_mark.prl?PidBox=PN0957

 

To log this virtual benchmark cache:

The password is the current color of the tank, a space, then what the image on the tank is.  ie: "xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx" The number of letters may not be the same as in the example.

 Utilities

Find caches nearby on OCNA (radius 100 mi): All  Searchable   
Find Geocaches on:  Geocaching.com    TerraCaching.com   Navicache.com    GPSgames.org   
Download as File: GPX GPX GC LOC KML OV2 OVL TXT WPT XML

When downloading this file, you accept our Terms of Use.

Log Entries    {{found}} 2x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 0x      New Log Entry

1 22 September 2011 The Searchers Found it

Happened to be in the area today so we made a stop to view this one. Thanks.

The Searchers

1 21 September 2011 CodeJunkie Found it

I'm working in the Oshkosh office today and had some time to "waste" before starting the daily grind.  A little detour on the way there, but what a beautiful morning.  I always find the "Recovered in good condition" a little humorous on these types of Benchmarks.  I wonder how much this "verification" costs the taxpayers.