Southwest Corner of Wyoming
A.V. Richards, U.S. astronomer and surveyor, established this corner monument November 14, 1873, at intersection of the forty-first parallel of north latitude with the thirty-fourth degree of west longitude (West of Washington, D.C.). Federal, state and local organizations coordinated preservation of the monument in 1996.
“An astronomical station, its stone base still standing 100 ft. N. and 50 ft. W. of this corner was established by George W. Dean, U.S.C.&G. survey, September 30, 1869, to determine the true latitude and longitude; it was used to obtain correct time at this point until December 30, 1897.” (from the plaque on for the Great Salt Lake Base and Meridian)
|Placed By:||Not Available|
|Materials:||Engraved in the stone|
|Constructed By:||Not Available|
|Materials:||Cut sandstone block|
|Dimensions (base):||2′ Square|
|Surveyor’s Name:||Kate Wacker|
The Great Salt Lake Base and Meridian Monument and Plaque, The stone was placed on August 3, 1847 when the original survey of “Great Salt Lake City” began.
The city streets where all surveyed and numbered from this point..
Fixed by Orson Pratt assisted by Henry G. Sherwood, August 3, 1847, when beginning the original survey of “Great Salt Lake City,” around the “Mormon” Temple site designated by Brigham Young July 23, 1847. The city streets were named and numbered from this point. David H. Burr, first U.S. Surveyor-General of Utah, located here in August 1855, the initial point of public land surveys in Utah, and set the stone monument, still preserved in position. An astronomical station, its stone base still standing 100 ft. N. and 50 ft. W. of this corner was established by George W. Dean, U.S.C.&G. survey, September 30, 1869, to determine the true latitude and longitude; it was used to obtain correct time at this point until December 30, 1897.
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This survey marker lies in the sidewalk on the southeast corner of 400 South State Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY
STANDARD OF MEASURE
Under this cover lies a granite survey monument. It extends approximately six feet deep and is five feet square at the base. There is a similar monument one hundred feet and another one four hundred feet to the East of here. Salt Lake City Engineering set these monuments in the year 1895. They were used as the Standard of Measure for surveying the blocks and streets as they exist today.
Maple Mountain is above Mapleton and Spanish Fork, I grew up in Mapleton and hiked that mountain more times that I could count or remember. It’s a gorgeous hike but a longer one, there’s a nice pond we call Maple Lake when you’re most of the way up and it’s a great place to stop for a while before finishing.
The trail starts at the top of Whiting Campground, a quarter-mile after that you cross the creek to take trail 007 and can’t miss it from there.
I’ve had the hike take 12 hours up and back many times including time to play in the lake and catch salamanders but when hurrying and when in Shape I’ve gone up in 2 hours and come back down about that quick.
There’s plenty of wildlife and scenery and amazing views of the valley from the saddle (after the lake and before the top.)
Growing up in Mapleton everyone I knew called it Maple Mountain, the same with those in Springville – but over in Spanish Fork I found out that most people called it Flonette. We also called it Sierra Bonita (Beautiful Mountain) regularly. The debate continues because the SF people insist it is Flonette and other insist Maple Mtn. Local landmarks, schools, businesses and such are named for both Maple Mountain and Flonette so trying to use that as “proof” is futile and trying to look to real or official maps doesn’t work because all I’ve seen just identify the peak as Spanish Fork Peak but do not name the mountain.
Several of my favorite things, a state corner (Utah/Idaho/Wyoming), a benchmark, and a coordinate confluence (a couple miles east, where the corner was “supposed” to be.
It was a bumpy Jeep ride to the corner, and a gorgeous day out there. It was really easy to find the way from the Highway in Wyoming.
|01/01/1957 by CGS (MONUMENTED)|
|DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1957 (WRH) THE STATION IS LOCATED AIRLINE, ABOUT 8 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF GARRISON AND ABOUT 8 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF BAKER, ALONG THE NORTH SIDE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 50 AND 6. THE STATION IS A STANDARD DISK STAMPED SORENSON 1957 SET IN TOP OF A 10-INCH SQUARE CONCRETE MONUMENT WHICH PROJECTS ABOUT 4 INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND. IT IS 108 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER LINE OF THE HIGHWAY AND 12.5 FEET NORTH OF A WHITE WITNESS POST. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER ONE IS A STANDARD DISK STAMPED SORENSON NO 1 1957 SET IN TOP OF A 10-INCH SQUARE CONCRETE MONUMENT WHICH PROJECTS ABOUT 4 INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND AND IS ABOUT THE SAME ELEVATION AS THE STATION. IT IS 142 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER LINE OF THE HIGHWAY. REFERENCE MARK NUMBER TWO IS A STANDARD DISK STAMPED SORENSON NO 2 1957 SET IN TOP OF A 10-INCH SQUARE CONCRETE MONUMENT WHICH PROJECTS ABOUT 5 INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND AND IS ABOUT THE SAME ELEVATION AS THE STATION. IT IS 96 FEET NORTH OF THE CENTER LINE OF THE HIGHWAY. THE AZIMUTH MARK IS A STANDARD DISK STAMPED SORENSON 1957 SET IN TOP OF A 10-INCH SQUARE CONCRETE MONUMENT WHICH PROJECTS ABOUT 4 INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND. IT IS 51 FEET SOUTH OF THE CENTER LINE OF THE HIGHWAY. TO REACH THE AZIMUTH MARK FROM THE STATION, GO EAST ON U.S. HIGHWAY 50 AND 6 FOR 0.8 MILE TO THE AZIMUTH MARK ON THE RIGHT, SOUTH SIDE. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE POST OFFICE IN BAKER, GO NORTH ON STATE HIGHWAY 73 FOR 4.7 MILES TO THE JUNCTION WITH U.S. HIGHWAY 50 AND 6. TURN RIGHT AND GO EAST ON U.S. HIGHWAY 50 AND 6 FOR 10.7 MILES TO A WHITE WITNESS POST ON THE LEFT, NORTH SIDE AND THE STATION. HEIGHT OF LIGHT ABOVE STATION MARK 3.09 METERS.|