Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox


Benchmark Disc - LY0358

Spurred on by 0ccam's discussion on benchmarks, I decided as a change of pace to find benchmarks instead of geocaches this evening. I go to downtown Ramsey almost every day, so I would be remiss if I didn't at least log the 3 benchmarks that were on Main Street.

LY0357 and LY0358 were easy. They were quite prominently displayed on the building. It's interesting to note that the benchmarks have survived for the better part of a century even though the building's tenants have changed many times. What used to be First National Bank, for example, is now Bank of America. Ramsey Press, which used to be in the building by the train station, has relocated to Mahwah. (even though they haven't changed their name to Mahwah Press)

The third benchmark, LY0356, was somewhat harder to locate. Instead of a survey disc, this one is a chiseled cross, a small hard-to-see mark carved into the granite base of the building. I didn't see it at first, so I checked the information on the neighborhood wi-fi over dinner. Then I went back to the spot and found it. Anyway, looking for benchmarks has turned out to be pretty interesting because I got to see how much the town has changed compared to the descriptions given in the recovery notes. I may do more in the local area as time permits.

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