Queens County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: July 31, 2008
I have put a couple of screen shots of Google maps showing the area and the
assorted marks which are (or at one time weer) there. The satellite view is at a
much higher zoom level and makes it easy to see what is what.
Author: Richard Garland
A few points -
1) There are 2 triangulation stations (for horizontal control) and 3 reference
markers at the site. One reference marker was supposedly destroyed by an
addition to the club house and one tri-station is close to the green and
2) Survey markers, in particularly triangulations stations such as these,
are not set to (necessarily) mark the highest point on a particular peak but rather
to establish a horizontal control for maps and survey work.
3) The station frequently found here is "KU2998 PAYNE 2", set in 1932. The topo
map shows this to be at the outer edge of the highest closed contour so it is
highly unlikely to mark the HP. I fear that one or the other of the surviving
Reference Marks are occasionally found and are erroneously thought to be
"the benchmark". Here is the
NGS data sheet
for that station.
4) the other station, also set in 1932, is KU3052 "QUEENS TOPO BUR MON NR PAYNE 2"
is a stone monument set by the Queens topographical bureau and is close to
the center of the contour on the topo map. It may (or may not) have been set at
the highest point. It is at the edge of the green and is probably buried of destroyed.
Here is the
NGS data sheet.
5) The whole area has been part of the golf course since prior to 1932 and is
clearly landscaped. The old 15 minute map shows no details to help.
My opinion in looking at the area is that it is not a natural rise
in the elevation of the land.
Bottom line: step on the benchmark if you like, but I don't think that will get
you closer to the high point than just walking around either inside or outside