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

November 9 2000 at 12:49 PM
roger  (no login)


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:

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:

Their information on Charles Mound is at:

My Illinois list is at:

Now let's go to the topos:
Scales Mound:

Charles Mound:

Let me know what you think!

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