Whitley County Highpoint Trip Report
unnamed (1,000+ ft)
Date: March 17, 2007
Author: John Hasch
Mileage zeroed at the intersection of IN 9 and CR 600N.
1.0 - Intersection with county line road - CR 700N (Whitley)
a/k/a CR 600S (Noble) - turn right (east)
2.0 - Arrive at intersection with CR 250E
I attempted to use my knowledge of the local roads to navigate from Kosciusko
County to Whitley County. In retrospect, choose your own route to the zero point.
There were a lot of turns in my course, even if it did save some miles.
I turned right and parked along the western side of CR 250E. I chose this route
to the HP because there were no fences and therefore no poison ivy. I hiked
parallel to the fence west until I was across from the house in Noble County on
the north side of the county line road. The sun was setting and very low in the sky,
so I could not see much as I was approaching this spot. When I turned
around, the contour of the farm field was evident and I hiked back to the HP.
The field at this spot was about 15 feet above the road where my car was parked
and I could just barely see the roof of my car as I looked east.
Back at the car, I looked for the 988BM benchmark shown on the topo map.
Not being a topo expert, I am not sure what I would expect to find. I walked around
the fields on all sides of the intersection and saw nothing. The only evidence
of measuring activity was a white cross, painted in the middle of the county
line road just east of the intersection with CR 250E. Within this cross,
I found three survey nails lined up in a north-south direction, with the middle
one being in the middle of the cross. Is it possible that this is all there is
to the 988BM? I did not spend more time looking for a more formal BM on the
side of the road. I headed for home, not knowing where the BM was located.