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Lake Geneva Benchmark, WI
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Lake Geneva Benchmark, WI 
Lake Geneva Benchmark, WI
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2017
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking0.67 Miles
Hiking0.67 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.01 mph
      50 Mns Break
 
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The midwest probably has five times as many benchmarks as the western states, but most of them are right next to roads, railroad tracks, or in other boring locations. Since most of the midwest is private land, accessing the more remote benchmarks is very difficult. With that said, I did manage to locate a couple benchmarks that were in forested areas and on public access land.

The city of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is located right next to a very beautiful lake, also named Lake Geneva. Both are about 14 miles south of my house. I went out and located its namesake, Lake Geneva Triangulation Station.

In 1957, surveyors set the benchmark on what is probably the high point of the city, and far north of the actual lake.
Remember - This is the midwest - When I say ‘High Point’, I’m talking about 300 to 400 feet higher than the surrounding area. Wisconsin is mostly rolling hills, produced by receding glaciers, and is nothing like Arizona’s terrain.

I did this short hike in the spring, before the area got thick with summer undergrowth.
As I mentioned, the benchmark is in a forested area and also near a trail. I didn’t know the trail existed, until I bushwhacked to the BM. Being near a trail meant the BM wasn’t covered in fallen oak leaves and dirt, so it was an easy find.

The two reference marks were another story.
Both RMs were over 200 ft from the BM, so measuring out the distance and direction through the forest was almost impossible. When set in place, the RMs were “near a fence”. I finally found the remains of the fence and got lucky locating the two RM disks.

Both RMs were buried under piles of leaves, and under about 6 inches of muddy dirt. I bothered a lot of earth worms while digging up the disks. That fence the RMs are near is a cemetery fence, and some of the cemetery visitors gave me very strange looks as I was digging through the leaves and mud. I gave some of the onlookers a couple long stares, to reinforce whatever they were thinking. :)

The two Lake Geneva reference mark disks are red and the BM disk ‘appeared’ to be red, until I cleaned it up.

After this hike, I got in the car and drove about 6 miles further southeast, to another forested area and located another benchmark. I’ll get a triplog up on that little endeavor soon.
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