I’ve spent nearly 20 years now enjoying searching for benchmarks, survey points used to map and keep track of property lines and more. They’re fascinating to a map geek like me.
This one is in Tooele County out in the desert.
Documented History (by the NGS)
01/01/1955 by USGS (MONUMENTED)
01/01/1970 by NGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1970 13.55 MI S FROM STOCKTON. 13.55 MILES SOUTH ALONG THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD FROM AN ASPHALT ROAD CROSSING AT STOCKTON, 285 FEET WEST OF THE FIRST POLE SOUTH OF MILE POST 729, 356 FEET WEST OF THE WEST RAIL, 3.8 FEET WEST OF THE FENCE LINE, 63 1/2 FEET SOUTH OF THE SOUTH END OF A GATE, 2.0 FEET WEST OF A WITNESS POST, ABOUT 3 FEET HIGHER THAN THE TRACK AND IN THE TOP OF A CONCRETE POST PROJECTING 0.8 FOOT. SECTION 27, T 5W, R 6S.
01/01/1971 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1971 LOCATED ABOUT 200 FT. E. OF STATE HIGHWAY 36, 72 FT. S. OF GATE AND 4 FT. W. OF FENCE, IN SAGEBRUSH FLATS ALONG UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY FENCE, OPPOSITE OLD —AJAX— SECTION HOUSE FOUNDATIONS. TO REACH FROM INTERSECTION OF RD. INTO VERNON AND STATE HIGHWAY 36, DRIVE N. ON STATE HIGHWAY 36 FOR 12.6 MI. TO TRACK RD. RIGHT (E.), GO E. ABOUT 200 FT. TO GATE, TURN S. ALONG W. SIDE OF FENCE FOR 72 FT. TO STATION. STATION MARK–BRONZE TABLET STAMPED —AJAX 1955— SET IN AN 8 IN. CONCRETE FILLED TILE PROJECTING 6 IN. ABOVE GROUND. REFERENCE MARK NO. 1–CHISELED CROSS 4 FT. ABOVE GROUND ON S. SIDE OF SECOND CONCRETE POST S. OF GATE. (NOT RECOVERED). REFERENCE MARK NO. 2–CHISELED CROSS 4 FT. ABOVE GROUND ON N. SIDE OF CONCRETE POST. (NOT RECOVERED).
The First Statewide Pioneer Day Celebration
UPTLA Marker #14 in Brighton, Utah
The first statewide Pioneer Day celebration was held in this basin July 23-24, 1857. Headed by Brigham Young, the company reaching here July 23rd numbered 2,587 persons, with 464 oxen and cows.
A program of addresses, six brass bands, singing, athletic events, drills by six companies of militia, and dancing, was punctuated by salutes from a brass howitzer. U.S. flags were flown from the two highest peaks and two highest trees, the flag-tree in front of Brigham Young’s campsite being 70 feet N.W. of here. At noon July 24, Judson Stoddard and A.O. Smoot, 20 days from the states, with Elias Smith and O.P. Rockwell, arrived with news of the advance of Johnston’s Army against the “Mormons.” The company returned in orderly formation July 25th.
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.
See other historic markers in the series on this page for UPTLA/SUP Markers.
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.