Sea Level Bench Mark
The stone monument at this location is one of Nebraska's original bench marks.
Surveyors use bench marks to determine elevations. This one was placed by the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey in 1902. It was part of a larger project in which a sea-level based elevation was carried by surveyors from coast to coast. This established the state's first precise levels.
Today this marker, designated “H 4,” is approximately 3,786 feet above mean sea level.
Erected 2018 by Professional Surveyors Association of Nebraska; Nebraska State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Landmarks • Natural Features. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
Location. 42° 39.794′ N, 103° 27.732′ W. Marker is near Crawford, Nebraska, in Dawes County. Marker is on Bridges to Buttes Byway (U.S. 20) 0.2 miles west of Soldier Creek Road, on the left when traveling west. The marker is located near
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Flight of the Cheyennes (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cavalry Barracks/Cheyenne Outbreak (approx. 0.2 miles away); Adjuncts Office/Guardhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crazy Horse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Robinson and the Railroad (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Robinson (approx. ¼ mile away); Officers’ Row, 1874-1875 (approx. ¼ mile away); K-9 Training Area (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crawford.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 28, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.