Vail Mills Tower info
Tue Jun 23 13:32:47 EDT 2009
> Dave, I am originally from Broadalbin, and have always wondered exactly
> where the old WCDB tower was located (nobody I ever talked to there even
> knew what I was talking about when I would ask them about it). Would you
> be able to tell me where exactly that was?
I know I answered this before and gave you some directions. I had a few
minutes and decided to dig a little farther into it in case you want go on a
scouting mission some day with a GPS.
I blew up the old 1:1,000,000 (1x2 degree) topo map of the area using the
GeoPDF tool, and the coordinates appear to have been N 43 03 28 W 74 12 35.
I would say this is accurate to within 4 seconds or so. That was in the
NAD-27 coordinate system. In the more modern NAD-83 / WGS-84 system used by
default in portable GPS units, that translates to N 43 03 28.3 W 74 12 33.5.
Today, this is a wooded area, and I see nothing in the aerial and sat photos
from Google Earth or the Terra Server - not even in the Terra Server's IR
imagery - that looks like a building, foundation, or anything else man-made
in the immediate vicinity. The tower was removed by 1968, probably several
years earlier, and 40+ years is a lot of time for nature to cover the
If you can locate a 1950's-60's topo map of the area, you should be able to
locate the tower more accurately. You might find this in a surveyor's
office, the town records department, or almost certainly in the State
Library in Albany. Keep in mind that you will have to convert the
coordinates or set your GPS to NAD-27. Of couse, the town records
department should have a site plan, and that would be best of all.
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