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2016-04-17  
Two Frustums - Four Benchmarks, AZ
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Two Frustums - Four Benchmarks, AZ 
Two Frustums - Four Benchmarks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2016
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking5.12 Miles 865 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.21 mph
865 ft AEG   2 Hrs   59 Mns Break
 
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I haven't gone ‘frustum hunting’ in five months, so I decided to go out and locate three frustums and four benchmarks. All those things are associated with the Maricopa/Yavapai border survey of 1924.
As it turned out, one of the frustums has disappeared. It was there in 2009, and my guess is - It was totally yanked out of the ground and stolen. No small task as it was one of the larger boundary marker frustums. So, with that frustum gone, I netted two frustums and four benchmarks.

The hike was just northwest of Wickenburg and south of Highway 93. My biggest challenge was finding a spot to park and hike, without going on private land. It appears Wickenburg has some growth going on, toward its northwest side.
In this area, going west along and near the Maricopa/Yavapai county border, the terrain is mostly rolling desert, with an occasional little mountain here and there. It was rather easy hiking.

I first located ‘Rail’ benchmark and boundary monument #9. They were about 30 feet from each other and very near some railroad tracks. (Hence, the BM’s name).
I then moved further west and located ‘Citrus’ benchmark on the side of a little volcanic rock bump. The associated boundary monument (frustum #8) was at the top of the same rock bump.
All four of these ‘discoveries’ are in excellent shape, and all were set in place in 1924.

Another benchmark, named ‘Pack’ (also 1924) was further west and a bit north of the borderline, and was near the top of a little mountain. Only half of the disk is left, with the missing half no where to be found.

After I located these disks and frustums, I headed back to my trailhead, hiking on some railroad tracks, as part of my route of travel. The rails were very shiny, so I assume this rail line is active. However, I never saw or heard a train all day.

Once done with the hike, I did a ‘benchmark drive-by’, just north of Wickenburg, to locate that third frustum and its associated benchmark. That’s the frustum, (#11), that is totally missing. Frustum, #11 was near a road, and I would imagine a winch etc, could have been used to get it out of the ground and dragged to a vehicle. Again, #11 was the large size monument/frustum with a huge 6 or 7 foot pipe going through its huge concrete base.
The missing frustum’s associated benchmark, ‘Hass’, was located and is just fine.

All in all, it was a fun little hike, in an area I had never hiked in before.
Plus I located all the things I left home to find, including (at least) the location of the stolen frustum #11.
I’m now all done with frustums for awhile (I’ve said that before), until I figure out how to make my car run on water - or air.
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