Siskiyou County, California Survey Marks

(Last edit 29 January 2021)

3596 B

A well preserved benchmark along North Mount Shasta Blvd in Mount Shasta, along the Union Pacific Railroad. Marked by a witness post underneath a small tree. Nearby listed benchmarks F 13 (PID MX0134) and F 13 RESET (PID MX0135) are nowhere to be found. A small retaining wall along the east side of the railroad right-of-way can be found about 200 north of this benchmark (between the two crossings of Nixon Road), that probably dates back to the early 1900″s.

  • COORDINATES: 41.323745, -122.321726
  • MAP: USGS QUAD “CITY OF MOUNT SHASTA”
  • AGENCY: USGS
  • TYPE: VERTICAL CONTROL DISK
  • SETTING: Set in top of pipe.
  • MONUMENTED: 1902
  • NGS PID: MX0133
  • STATUS: RECOVERED
  • CONDITION: EXCELLENT, as of 15 June 2020
Retaining wall along the Union Pacific right-of-way, dating back to c. 1910. I believe that a signal was positioned here.

F 13

Apparently destroyed, as it was re-monumented as F 13 RESET, which subsequently was destroyed also.

  • COORDINATES: 41.325, -122.322222
  • MAP: USGS QUAD “CITY OF MOUNT SHASTA”
  • AGENCY: COAST & GEODETIC SURVEY
  • TYPE: VERTICAL CONTROL DISK
  • SETTING: Set in light structure.
  • MONUMENTED: 1919
  • NGS PID: MX0134
  • STATUS: NOT FOUND
  • CONDITION: Reset in 1954 as F 13 RESET, probably destroyed during semaphore signal removal in which the benchmark was set, before 1988. All traces of the semaphore signal gone as of my visit of 15 June 2020

F 13 RESET

  • COORDINATES: 41.325833, -122.3225
  • MAP: USGS QUAD “CITY OF MOUNT SHASTA”
  • AGENCY: COAST & GEODETIC SURVEY
  • TYPE: VERTICAL CONTROL DISK
  • SETTING: Set in light structure.
  • MONUMENTED: 1919, but relocated sometime before 1954
  • NGS PID: MX0135
  • STATUS: NOT FOUND
  • CONDITION: PROBABLY DESTROYED before datasheet recovery note of 1988; all traces of the mentioned semaphore signal gone as of my visit of 15 June 2020

D 495 RESET

This benchmark is located just west of Siskiyou County Road A12 (99-97 Cutoff), on the north side of US 97. The National Geodetic Survey Data Explorer wrongly shows a location corrected to the NAVD geodetic datum about 1000 feet to the east, and south of US 97. Nearby can be found a CalTrans benchmark, as well two smaller survey marks, one on each side of the highway. All are marked with witness posts.

  • COORDINATES: 41.53399, -122.24987
  • MAP: USGS QUAD “JUNIPER FLAT” – Editor’s note: the NGS datasheet lists “The Whaleback” 2018 quad, but I believe it places it in the wrong spot, due to using a computed position in updating the original position to the NAVD 88 geodetic datum.
  • AGENCY: NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY
  • TYPE: VERTICAL CONTROL DISK
  • SETTING: Set in top of concrete monument.
  • MONUMENTED: 1975
  • NGS PID: MX0023
  • STATUS: RECOVERED
  • CONDITION: GOOD,  as of 14 January 2021 visit
D 495 RESET
D 495 RESET with witness post. Mount Shasta looms to the south of the benchmark and US 97.

HAYSTACK RESET

Located on Haystack, an andesite dome about 11 mile northeast of Weed, California, along US Highway 97. See Haystack for a brief description of the hike to the top.

  • COORDINATES: N 41° 32.046′,  W 122° 16.763′
  • MAP: USGS QUAD “JUNIPER FLAT”
  • AGENCY: NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY
  • TYPE: HORIZONTAL CONTROL DISK
  • SETTING: Set in boulder at highpoint.
  • MONUMENTED: 1952 (original), 1975 (reset)
  • NGS PID: MX1001
  • STATUS: RECOVERED
  • CONDITION: GOOD,  as of 21 April 2017 visit

NOTES: According to the NGS data sheet for this mark, there were 3 reference marks associated with this station – only reference marks 2 and 3 still exist, with reference mark 1. Haystack is a popular hike, and there is a summit log at the highpoint.

NGS DATASHEET EXCERPT:

RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1975 (CLN)
 MX1001'THE AZIMUTH MARK (BM Y 12) AND REFERENCE MARK 2 WERE RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. THE STATION MARK DISK AND REFERENCE MARK 1 DISKVWERE FOUND MISSING BUT THE STEM OF THE STATION MARK DISK WASVSTILL IN PLACE SO IT WAS REMOVED, THE DRILL HOLE WAS DEEPENED, AND A NEW STATION MARK DISK WAS SET IN THE SAME EXACT POSITION ON THIS DATE. 

HAYSTACK RESET benchmark

HAYSTACK 2 reference mark

HAYSTACK 3 reference mark

W 12

Missing and most likely destroyed benchmark. See the blog post detailing my search for it.

  • COORDINATES: 41.531332, -122.251452
  • MAP: USGS QUAD “LAKE SHASTINA (1954)” – Editor’s note: the NGS datasheet lists “The Whaleback” 2018 quad, but I believe it places it in the wrong spot, due to using a computed position in updating the original position to the NAVD 88 geodetic datum.
  • AGENCY: COAST & GEODETIC SURVEY
  • TYPE: BENCH MARK DISK
  • SETTING: Set in rock.
  • MONUMENTED: 1919
  • NGS PID: MX0021
  • STATUS: NOT FOUND
  • CONDITION: N/A 14 January 2021

Y 494

This benchmark is an easy find about miles northeast of Weed along US 97. It is located under a tree, set in a boulder, on the south side of the highway.

  • COORDINATES: 41.486088, -122.338418
  • MAP: USGS QUAD “HOTLUM”
  • AGENCY: COAST & GEODETIC SURVEY
  • TYPE: BENCH MARK DISK
  • SETTING: Set in rock.
  • MONUMENTED: 1954
  • NGS PID: MX0181
  • STATUS: RECOVERED
  • CONDITION: GOOD,  as of 6 August 2019 visit
Y 494 benchmark
Y 494 benchmark setting. Witness post to the left.