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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bench Mark “A”

 
 
Bench Mark "A" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 23, 2008
1. Bench Mark "A" Marker
Inscription. "In October 1877, Bench Mark "A" was cut on the water table of the recently rebuilt courthouse in Hagerstown, Maryland", reads the report of the coast and geodetic survey to President McKinley. This was the beginning point of a transcontinental level line which by way of Williamsport and then along the C&O Canal reached Hancock in one month but it was not until 1904 that the line extended from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

Bench Mark "A" is not just of historical interest, but has been included in leveling surveys conducted in 1931, 1941, and 1979. It has remained very stable in relation to other nearby marks. This mark was chosen to be part of a releveling project completed in 1988.
 
Location. 39° 38.57′ N, 77° 43.371′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Summit Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ransom of Hagerstown (within shouting distance of this marker); For God and Country (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossroads of History (within shouting distance of this marker);
Bench Mark "A" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 23, 2008
2. Bench Mark "A" Marker
With the bench mark in the background.
Washington County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); A City Divided (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hagerstonians in the Civil War (about 300 feet away); John Brown (about 400 feet away); Hagerstonians In The Civil War (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyLandmarks
 
Bench Mark "A" marker location image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 23, 2008
3. Bench Mark "A" marker location
U.S.G.S., October, 1877 image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 23, 2008
4. U.S.G.S., October, 1877
Elevation 552.25 feet.
Bench Mark "A" image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 23, 2008
5. Bench Mark "A"
Washington County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 23, 2008
6. Washington County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 892 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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