Last week I posted if anyone knew of a requirement to triangulate across lakes between meander corners…
I still can’t find my copy of the 1884 instructions- this seems to be happening more frequently nowadays. Anyway I went back out on Tuesday- my second trip down into there and searched- I ‘d done some calcs and had a good Idea of the location based on the MC I’d recovered on the east bank and, the notes on the meander line itself, and two suspect trees. I waded in the lake and look at all the stones that were of reasonable size, figuring it may have heaved out and rolled into the water. btw, the water was about Vienna choirboy cold- The ice came off 2 weeks ago- but manageable. No Luck – I kept reminding myself of the statement my old instructor had enlightened me with many years ago… “If there’s no logical reason for It not to be here, It’s got to be here somewhere.” As I was standing in the water, looking at the bank, I could see under a deadfall pine into an area that wasn’t accessible from the upland side- and noticed at least one stone that was partially covered by a shrub growing along it’s west side and over the top but covered by the pine. I broke up the pine, and cut back the shrub with my e-tool –
The stone was leaning slightly to the east so I leaned down and snapped this picture…
then I did a bit of a snoopy dance….
It was set in May 1902, and I??m thinking it hasn??t been recovered since. No evidence of any of the USFS Remonumenting efforts that remon??d the other 3 corners on this line, if they??d have found it, it would have been switched out and the line posted and blazed. The NW bearing tree had been a 30? tamarack and was a rotted log with a healed/rotted/burned blaze about the size one would expect for an MC BT. The blaze had been face up and no evidence was visible. I set a railroad spike in the stumphole and It measures out to 0.10 ft and 1^ of bearing.
The SW bearing tree was called a 16? pine- turns out it was actually a tamarack- now it??s 26? dbh with a completely healed blaze. It’s 1.3 ft too long in distance. but good bearing. I put BT tags on both trees and placed a side center nail in the stump of the SW BT.
I set a standard 3.25 inch mon. I’m not a fan of switching out stones for monuments, but did so because of the proximity of the stone to water and the fact that the marks on the sandstone looked highly erodible. The stone is upside down along the north side of the pipe.
The deadfall log in the back ground is the NW BT.
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