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USGS Names Scales Mound as Illinois Highest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 9 2000 at 12:49 PM
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Here's something to get your mind off the election.

I am in the midst of preparing a list of the highest summits in each state based a query of USGS data. You can see the preliminary material at:

http://americasroof.com/highest/

I haven't finished processing the data because I came across this shocker:

The USGS lists Scales Mound (elevation 1,260) rather than Charles Mound (elevation 1,235) as the highest point in Illinois.

I suspect the USGS data may even have been updated as I have been finding locations (e.g., Hoosier Hill and Haweye Point) that were not database earlier.

Their information on Scales Mound is available at:
http://mapping.usgs.gov:8888/gnis/owa/GetDetail?tab=Y&id=418056

Their information on Charles Mound is at:
http://mapping.usgs.gov:8888/gnis/owa/GetDetail?tab=Y&id=423586


My Illinois list is at:
http://americasroof.com/highest/il.shtml

Now let's go to the topos:
Scales Mound:
http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=42.4672&lon=-90.2714&size=s&s=25

Charles Mound:
http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=42.5042&lon=-90.24&size=s&s=25

Let me know what you think!

 
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