What better way to start the year than with a couple of videos from cachers, starting with this little video from Joshua Johnson, the World famous Geocaching Vlogger. He does an amazing job with his own videos. Certainly the right person to put together a little collection to share.
Joshua is a true family guy and pushes his limits a bit with his sharing of GeoPat92's little bit from a 'naked geocache', on his Best Geocaching Videos of 2013. Never fear - he maintains his G rating by limiting what is shown. It is guaranteed to add a chuckle to your day.
Also on the vid is little bits from Mark Wereley who documented an amazing cache. AndGeoDave, who is a new Vlogger who is extremely entertaining and Frederick from Sweden, who is an award winning video cacher.
I have been a fan of WarCatfor the past couple years. When I think extreme geocacher, I think of this guy. I guess I live vicariously thru him, as he does the caches that only dream of ever doing. I don't have a fear of heights or caves, but it just isn't physically possible for me. Take a look at a couple of WarCat's adventures.
WarCat really knows how to put on a show. Not only are his caches amazing, but the photography and the music are amazing too. To top it all off, he goes for the cache and really doesn't reveal where it is hidden. Bet you noticed that when he was repelling off the bridge and thru the tree limbs. I am wondering if he mostly caches in France.
And just a couple more that are from 2013 (the cache may have been found in 2012 but vids popped in, or close to, 2013) that are pretty neat. One from Columbia that looks like something I would like to add to my Geocaching Bucket List. Not only is it interesting but such a beautiful area. About as different as it could be from the dessert that I live in. You'll love this adventure.
And just one more that is super neat. It's a bit long but well worth it. If you have never been caching in the South of Wales, you will definitely enjoy. What a way to celebrate a birthday.
These vids should inspire you to make big plans for your geocaching in 2014. Invite friends and take family - make it an unforgettable year. And by all means - please share your stories.
The Geocaching Blog always has some great post and this is just one of them. Check this out.
6 Tips for Finding a Geocache in an Environmentally Friendly Way
In Geocaching in Harmony with Nature (Part 1), we gave you tips and tricks on how to hide an environmentally friendly geocache. A wise geocacher once said: “If you hide a geocache, someone will come and find it.” So this time we want to take a look at how to be a Nature Lover when hunting for a geocache.
We asked the geocaching community, Geocaching HQ-ers and Volunteer Reviewers for their tip-top tips on being kind to nature when searching for a geocache. Then we combined all the great answers into this list:
Come prepared. When planning for a geocaching trip, make sure to read the geocache description carefully. This way you’ll know the regulations and concerns for the area before you visit. Be informed about the seasonal changes in your area. Do not visit caves in which bears or bats hibernate during autumn and winter and do not disturb breeding habitats. Before searching for a night cache in the woods, check in with park rangers or land management to make sure that this is safe for you and for the natural area.
Stay on track. Stick to designated trails and don’t cut across switchbacks when navigating to the geocache. Doing so might disturb flora and fauna along the way.
Bring garbage bags. Geocacher Cindi Lee G. says: “We cache in and trash out every time we go geocaching or hiking.” We think that’s grand! Next time you go geocaching, include a few garbage bags with your geocaching gear. This way you can pick up litter on the way to and from the geocache. And here is something we think is genius: there are some geocaches with an extra compartment for trash bags geocachers can use to Cache In Trash Out (CITO) on their way back out.
Leave the car at home. If possible, bike or walk to the geocache location. This is not only great for your health and good for the environment, the slower pace might even make you notice things along the way you would have never seen speeding by in your car.
bear Keep geocache owners informed. Let the geocache owner know if their geocache is damaged and could potentially be dangerous to animals or vegetation.
Respect wildlife and plants. Observe wild animals from afar. Never feed or try to touch them. Be conscious where you are stepping so you don’t destroy fragile plants and mushrooms. Pro-Tip from Geocacher Sarah H.: “Please clean your footwear and gear when hiking in various places. Footwear caked in mud and plant material is a good way to spread invasive species.”
It is OK to DNF. You have searched in all the obvious places. You took a good look at the geocache description and the hint, but you still couldn’t find it. Log your DNF (Did Not Find) online to let the geocache owner know that you did not find the geocache. Don’t keep on searching, turning over every stone, and potentially ravaging the area. Keep in mind: A DNF is not admission to failure, it is just honest communication.
We hope these tips will help you sharpen your nature senses and become a skilled environmentally friendly geocacher. Do you have another tip for environmentally friendly geocaching? Let us know in the comments below!
Find out how you can be a complete nature loving geocacher with our 6 Tips for Hiding an Environmentally Friendly Geocache!
These are some great tips. To follow more of the great stories The Geocaching Blog share, just go to directly to their site. Super stuffl
Nurse in intensive care after being trampled by a herd of cows while taking part in hi-tech sat-nav treasure hunt
Sarah Leonard, 59, trampled by the animals in a Lincolnshire field.
She suffered horrific injuries, including multiple broken bones
Amazingly, she stayed conscious and managed to call 999 on mobile
Paramedics struggled to find her as she didn't know where she was
By Sam Webb
PUBLISHED: 07:56 EST, 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 08:06 EST, 21 November 2013
A 59-year-old nurse has been left in intensive care after being trampled by a herd of cows - while taking part in a treasure hunt.
Sarah Leonard was walking in a field with her dog in North Scarle, Lincolnshire, when the group of animals charged, leaving her with life-threatening injuries. She suffered two broken arms, a broken collarbone, a broken jaw and several broken ribs in the terrifying stampede on Saturday afternoon.
Incredibly, Sarah bravely managed to dial 999 herself but it took paramedics 30 minutes to find her as she did not know where she was. She was rushed to Lincoln County Hospital where she today remained in a stable condition after several operations to save her life.
Yesterday her worried brother, Andrew Leonard, 62, said: 'She is now very slowly on the mend.'
Sarah, from Norton, Sheffield, had been 'geocaching' - an internet-based high-tech treasure hunt which uses GPS.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: 'We received a call from a woman saying she had been injured and was lying in a field. Although she didn’t know exactly where she was, within half-an-hour her car was located at North Scarle cemetery. And she was found in the field off Church Lane in the village soon after. The woman was in quite a bad way, with severe injuries including a broken jaw and other fractures. Sarah’s pet King Charles spaniel Megs was uninjured after she ran off when around a dozen cows charged at them at around 3.25pm.
No search of haunted caches would be complete without the mention of Sleepy Hollow. The legend is popular. The stories are abundant. Who knows if they are true or somewhat made up, but who wants to challenge it?
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Written by me, Geoffrey Crayon
Published in my 1820 Sketch Book
Poor Ichabod Crane the school teacher, falling in love with a rich farmer's daughter Katrina Van Tassel, getting into a skirmish with the town rowdy Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, and eventually chased out of town by the Headless Horseman, never to be seen again beyond the bridge over the Pocantico River right here in Sleepy Hollow.
Can you solve the mystery of what really happened on that fateful night?
To begin, some online research may be required, unless you know my short story. The North coordinate relates to the fiction while the West coordinate relates to the opposite. When you arrive in town, park near the I.P. Here you will see one awesome sculpture depicting my famous scene. Now where did that Ichabod Crane run off to? Figure out the clues using nearby signage and see if you can locate my final stash!
Moving on to The Pathfinder, GC2NWT4,which is located on the edge of the legendary cemetery, and again done by BriGuyNY.Check this simple, during the warmer months, geocache.
Geocache Description: A small pull-off area on Route 9's Northbound side with a historical marker paying tribute to a man named John C. Fremont.
Like you and me, John C. Fremont went on expeditions. Unlike you and me, his expeditions were for warfare, whereas our expeditions are for geocaches. This is how he gained his nickname, "The Pathfinder" (Click Here for more details). Unfortunately he saw little success during his later years and thus died as a forgotten man. Don't worry John, we know you'd be geocaching if you were still here, and we'll always remember you.
In memory of John C. Fremont there is a Cold Spring at this location. You do not need to go in the cemetery to find this cache. Also be careful since the pull-off is small and comfortably fits only 1 geo-mobile at a time. This spot is minimally plowed during the winter months.
Question here - does anybody really think that a simple little fence keeps the spirits inside the cemetery. Think about this when caching on the outer edges of any graveyard.
Any true geocacher will want to spend some time in the area doing a couple of series that are right there close to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. They are both to extensive to describe them all but I will tell you where to start on each.
And then there is the series, the OCATT, that is again done by BriGuyNY. This is a very ambitious series, spanning over 30 miles, and yet still cacher friendly as it can do done any time of the year.
OCATT standsfor Old Croton Aqueduct Tribute Trail. This is a tribute trail for all geocachers who live and/or geocache within the confines of Westchester County in the great state of New York. Caches reach from Croton's Reservoir Dam to NYC's High Bridge. Check out GC2R761, OCATT - Hikerguy1, for the beginning of info on this series.
Wanting to keep close to the Halloween theme today, instead of searching out more caches, I will just finish up with photos from Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Some are pretty. Some are creepy. All show an area that would be pretty scary after dark.
Could this be a family affair?
Beautiful in the snow!
Is that a 'shadow' or someone something a bit creepier?
Angelic or something else?
This just may be the way some cachers feel after a long day of searching.
If you could see me know, you'd see the goose bumps. I am so excited to be back into thecaches of New Mexico. I love this state and I love looking for the possible haunted geocaches. I really want to start out with a couple of caches that are in an area that I am particularly fond of. When I lived in Santa Fe, I spent some time in the little community of Madrid. It's a tiny little area with some of the most unique people. There's a great mine that you may be able to tour. There's a small open area with a small amphitheater of concrete benches, where any artist could come to share their music, just a bit south of Madrid. At least, there use to be an amphitheater. Don't know for sure if it still remains. Back in the 80's, Hank Williams Jr. stopped in to do a impromptu concert for the locals. In 2007 the movie Wild Hogs was released; a very large part of the movie was filmed there. That is just one of dozens of movie that have been filmed in that area. But this is not about the town as much as the unique graveyard and the caches that have been placed there.
GC1G3FO, New Mexico Spirit Quest #1 A Little Bit Different, is owned by ClarksJeepN. Tho I want to share a bunch of the photos, I'll start with the description. Geocache description: 35mm size container. Bring your own writing utensil. I ran across a video with a couple of locals touring the cemetery. WARNING! There is a bit of foul language from the locals.
And there is a part 2 as well.
!! Exciting Cache Series !! “New Mexico Spirit Quest” REMEMBER: The New Mexico Spirit Quest is a series of caches placed by many individuals, near cemeteries and historic sites in hopes of paying respect to the many pioneer ancestors that have ‘walked’ before us.
If you are interested in being a part of this project, contact may be made by sending an e-mail to the owner of “New Mexico Spirit Quest #1 – A Litttle Bit Different”. Use the ‘Send Message” link at the center of the page of their profile. There are hundreds of cemeteries in the rural and mountain communities across New Mexico. This series will introduce you to many of them. The cache pages will provide a virtual history tour of the cemeteries and tombstones. NEW MEXICO SPIRIT QUEST is not affiliated with any other ‘Spirit Quest’ group. Special thanks and credit are given to SixDogTeam who started the Indiana Spirit Quest in 2004. The idea has rapidly spread into many states.
After locating the cemetery or historic site, take some time to reflect back on the lives of those pioneers and the effort it took to make New Mexico such a great state. Caches should not be located inside the cemetery or near a grave...Do not disturb monuments. If you find a fallen US flag, please stick it back in the ground or in its holder. As always, please be respectful. And as payback to the communities we cache in please, even if you have never done it before, be sure to cache in, trash out.
The New Mexico Spirit Quest endeavor is an enormous and relentless task and will only flourish if there is a multitude of volunteer cachers willing to place these caches. Each person that places a New Mexico Spirit Quest cache
is responsible for its maintenance. The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Like I said - there are some great photos of these truely creative grave markers. And - the views are amazingly beautiful
Just around the corner is yet another great little cache. Bob8Bear placed GC3837Q, Sprit of Madrid , near what some call the Cowboy, Hippy Cemetery. Check out the description and photos and a little bit of a video.
The cache is located outside of the Cemetery, but due to some nearby residences, stealth mode is always appropriate.
There are two theories about how Madrid was named. In 1603 a Spaniard named Francisco de Madrid arrived in NM. It is possible that members of his family may have been in this area when coal mining began in 1835, and it is likely the community took the family name. It is also possible the name recalls the capital city of Spain.
Coal production in the area peaked in 1920, and from 1920 to 1940 Madrid was a company-owned town of the Albuquerque and Cerrillos Coal Co. After WW II the demand for coal dwindled and in 1954 the entire town was offered for sale for $250,000. There were no takers.
Today Madrid is undergoing a renaissance as a tourist center, with ambiance replacing coal as the major resource.
If you decide to explore the Cemetery, please be respectful of the area. There are some real creative grave markers in the northern section of the cemetery. The southern section appears to be older and is likely from the coal mining era.
The best reading we could get showed our accuracy at 20 feet, so the coords may seem a little off. You are looking for a camoed bison tube, so bring your own writing stick.
These are some really amazing head stones.
Check out this video. There are a lot of them on YouTube, just in case you are as entertained as I was.
Before I put little braids in my hair and do something that leaves me with serious munchies, I will share a different cache that may have resident spirits.
Not far away, between Madrid and Santa Fe is a little town called Cerrillos. If you open yourself up to their existence, you will feel, if not see, the spirits that live in this area. The moment you enter town, you know that you have stepped back in time just a little bit. Layers of paint on the trims of old adobe buildings can not hide their age. And then you have the dirt roads -
Here's a little story about one spirit that lives in the old general store.
The town of Cerrillos (Little Hills) is a charming, tree-shaded town located 27 miles south of Santa Fe. The village is one of the old traditional villages in Santa Fe County. Cerrillos officially came into being in the 1870s as a wild and wooly mining town, and little has changed in its appearance since then. It contains many old western storefronts and adobe buildings, complete with hitching posts, old grocery and western bar, old church, ancient cottonwood trees, dirt streets ,and railroad tracks. It can be seen in the Walt Disney movie, “Elfego Baca” and then later in “Young guns I and II. While there, if you go into the old General Store – which is still in operation – there is a cold spot, although no one knows why, or they aren’t saying, on your right even though there are windows directly in front of its location.
This area is rich with history thanks to a booming mining industry from the late 1870's. Of course, with wealth comes the fun stuff. Miners, bars, drinking, carousing and of course, fights that end in death. The more success in mines, the more bodies that are left behind. The more bodies that are left behind, the more ghosts that are around to welcome the modern tourist.
The cache is located just outside of the Cemetery, so be respectful of the area. Stealth mode is always appropriate.
The Village of Cerrillos was likely named for the hills 3 miles NW of the Village, which appear on some maps under the oxymoron name Cerrillos Hills, which translates to “little hills hills.”
It was the minerals in these and other nearby hills that twice engendered a settlement in Cerrillos. The first was before 1680 when Indians mined turquoise here, and when the Spanish arrived they continued to work the turquoise mines. Turquoise from Cerrillos area even found its way into the crown jewels of Spain.
The second mining boom was in 1879 when two prospectors from Colorado found promising gold and silver ore in the “little hills.” Cerrillos flourished and the mining camps of Bonanza and Carbonateville sprang up nearby, but they soon died after the precious metal veins ran out. But Cerrillos continued to survive due to the coal deposits needed by the AT&SF Railroad, which reached Cerrillos in 1880.
At one time mining in Cerrillos supported twenty-one saloons and four hotels, and was once seriously considered as the capitol of New Mexico.
The Cerrillos mining district is one of the oldest and most marked of the old spanish mineral developments in the Territory. Rich deposits of lead, zinc and silver were mined at the Mina Del Tiro, which is the oldest ore mine in the U.S.
You are looking for a camoed match holder. If you decide to explore the Cemetery, please be respectful of the area.
From miners, to Indians, to Chinese laundry workers, the beautiful women of the local brothels - they have all left behind a bit of themselves. Or should I say, they all have kept a little bit of themselves right there at home in Cerrillos. Albuquerque - no different than the more secluded areas of New Mexico, when it comes to the haunting. Dozens of areas around town have documented cases of ghost and spirits. Many have attracted geocachers and have a nice little cache to find, if you dare. I dare - I dare you to find these caches in the dark of the night.
Kimo Theateris right in the middle of a very active area. Not too far from the freeway that leads to Santa Fe. Just a bit away from the world famous Albuquerque Balloon Festival. What is the story here? Well - the story is that the spirit of Bobby Darnall a young boy who died when a boiler exploded is said to haunt the theater.Although there are also reports of a young woman wearing a bonnet who has been seen wandering the hallways, the employees of the theater believe that Bobby is the most active ghost, and is prone to playing tricks and pranks on the crew. Whether it is just basic superstition or not, everything that goes wrong in the theater gets blamed on Bobby and cast members attempt to appease him by bribing him with doughnuts, leaving them out before performances so that he won’t interfere with their show.
This cache is one of a series of Halloween caches we are placing in locations that are reputed to be haunted. Other caches in the series are: GC1ZZK2, GC1ZZAT, GC200EH, GC200EM, GC200DJ, GC200C1, GC200CY. Happy H(a)unting!
This architectural gem is known for the many famous people who trod the boards there, but also for the six-year-old poltergeist. Bobby Darnall was killed there when a water heater exploded, then decided to hang around stirring up mischief. Bobby isn't alone; people have seen a woman dressed in Old West attire and a gentleman in a black suit and top hat. Perhaps they have united to form a ghostly family, although Bobby is the only one to have a shrine dedicated to him.
10/28/09 Update: Coordinates do bounce around a lot in this area but we'll double check them on Friday. Magnetic, not too low, not too high, easy to feel without being too obvious even though it's a high traffic area.
Nice job Readingdogs with this cache. I wonder if Readingdogs was involved in the other Halloween caches. We'll know by the end of this post.
Team Tuxawuxa has completed all 33 counties of the New Mexico Challenge. For the custom cache, the 34th, the only request was that it be within a mile of the center of of Albuquerque which can be found at the dummy coordinates for the Quadrants: The Heart of New Mexico. Congratulations to Wayne who hit them all and Billy, Phil and various canines who were along for parts of the ride. The cache is in Highland Park. It contains a log and you will need a pencil. The closest parking is on Silver.
Up the hill from the cache, you can see the historic Albuquerque Press Club building. Here's some history on this fascinating place.
History of the Press Club (Whittlesey House) The Whittlesey House was designed by architect Charles Whittlesey and built at his family residence in 1903 on the western edge of the Highland east of Albuquerque. It is a three-story frame structure designed after a Norwegian villa. Low-pitch roofs with exposed log fronting, rough log-cut facades and a wide porch, which surrounds its eastern rooms, characterized the house. For the Whittlesey family this rustic and rough-texture structure was, no doubt a change in lifestyle from their previous Chicago residence. It stood, at that time, virtually alone on the Highland - the town not having grown in that direction. There was no vegetation or trees in the area. The view east to the Sandias and west to the town, river and volcanoes was unobstructed. Albuquerque was known nationwide at the time for its good climate, conducive to the treatment of certain diseases. Located on the Highland near the house were two sanitariums. Indications are that the house was leased with its wide porches and open areas, to many people who came to this city for convalescent reasons. One particular nurse who came West with a patient and stayed on to become head nurse at the Albuquerque Sanitarium, passed the house each day on her way to work. She informed a suitor that if he bought the 'log' house she would marry him. Arthur B. Hall bought the house in 1920 and she married him. Clifford Hall, A.B.'s wife, lived in and eventually owned the house during the next forty years. It was 'home' to her more than to any family prior to or after her ownership. She brought the house through periods of extensive remodeling and interior style changes.
During the twenties the Halls were owners and proprietors of Hail's Royal Pharmacy, corner of 2nd and Gold. They kept the interior of the house predominantly Indian - much as Whittlesey had done. Navajo rugs covered the rough wood floors; the shelves lined with pottery by Maria, Tonita and Santa; Mexican furniture was common and wrought iron lights used when gas was added. Early New Mexico artists, such as Hongner, Redin and Van Hesler, were welcomed to the house, often painting and working on the wide porch. The Halls also collected Chinese furniture, some pieces having been left in the house by earlier leases that had died there. Much of the Chinese and Indian furniture is still in the family today. In 1930 Clifford was divorced from A.B. Hall. By 1935, she was remarried to Herbert McCallum, but this too would end in divorce in 1938. As a source of income during these years, she would rent out portions of the house. The south porch was framed out and part of the first level was sealed off to make a separate apartment. The original stable was renovated and added to, making it an apartment complex. An additional apartment was built adjacent to it. As new building materials were introduced, Clifford resurfaced the interior walls of the house. Whittlesey's rough wood and burlap surfaces were covered by celutex, plaster and wood planking. By the middle of the forties Clifford McCallum was working for Vanlandingham Studios, first as a seamstress and eventually, owner. During these years the rough wood floors were resurfaced with oak strip flooring. Knotty pine siding was introduced to some wall surfaces. An earlier color scheme of gold and red was accentuated through new furniture and draperies. Marble-topped European furniture pieces fill the main room. This, of all the rooms in the house was the visually richest. The immense lava rock fireplace, the filled bookshelves lining the walls and the rustic bark wall surfaces were contrasted against the golds and reds of the floor, furniture, draperies and incidentals.
The Highland Park 'log' house was a showplace during the thirties, forties and fifties. Clifford McCallum spent a great deal of her house and its surroundings. She opened her home to many people, among them William Lovelace, who brought his international guests to view the house. The Mayo brothers, whose clinic is known worldwide, were frequent visitors. William Keleher, Clyde Tingley and even Clinton Anderson, in his early political years, were friends and visitors to the house. In 1960 Clifford sold the house. Her increasing age, the extensive upkeep on the structure and numerous other reasons contributed to her decision. Zeta Mu Zeta House Corp. of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity purchased the house. The structure with its many rooms and apartment like situation suited the fraternity well. Little information was available about the fraternity's activities, their members having moved elsewhere, inadequate fraternity records, etc. The fraternity sold the house in 1966 to John T. Roberson, who leased the structure. The Albuquerque Press Club purchased the Whittlesey House in the seventies. There are public and private events held here that are not necessarily press club related. A Mardi Gras party and a wedding reception were being planned when I placed the cache. We have a cacher connection to the house. Kingbee from Bloomfield told me "My Dad lived in the large house during the 1940's and had some good stories to tell. Like they never had to mow the lawn because it was part of the park, Elm street just kinda ended and then started on the other side, he would get cardboard boxes and slide down the hill, MaryLou Heffie later bought the house and they would listen to the macaw bird about the parties".
Ghostly events * The vast majority of reported phenomena are auditory in nature. The sound of high heeled shoes has been heard by several witnesses walking across the floors of the bar and lobby area. Noises have have also been associated with the poll table in a room downstairs. Voices and balls moving about on the pool table of their own accord comprise a few of these accounts. The piano in the lobby has also been played (3 notes) by an unseen presence. * The apparition of a woman in a black shawl has been reported on several occasions in various locations throughout the building. The bar staff have a ritual of leaving the "ghost" a shot of gin on the corner of the bar. * Cats at the club have been observed watching and hissing at a unseen presence. (info from southwest ghosthunter's association)
Lamy, New Mexicois a really 'in the middle of nowhere'. It is a beautiful area but without a lot to offer, unless you are interested in boarding a train. Some of the spirits of Lamy have decided they ahve no intention of heading out on any train. Lamy has been reported to be home to many ghost, including Ramon, or 'the man in black', who is alleged to have been shot in the saloon. Another ghost who regularly appears is 'the lady in white' who spend her time in the afterlife floating around the tables of the Legal Tender. Nobody seems to know where she came from.
As for the cache, GC4E0FX - Spirit of Lamy, owned by Nodderbug (is that not just the best name or am I just that tired?) is once again a great sounding cache, but not too sure if it is one for night caching. Especially if you are faint of heart.
A tethered container adjacent to side road, and need not to bush whack. According to a resident, this cemetery is on private land and the locals are very sensitive about strange vehicles. A nearby home overlooks this quaint little area. Therefore, this cache is placed at an offset from the cemetery which can be seen from GZ looking .23 of a mile at a NNW direction. Named after Archbishop Jean Baptiste LAMY, a Frenchman who was sent to New Mexico by the Catholic Church in 1851, LAMY became a famous railway stop on the mainline of the AT&SF RR. A spur line was built from here to Santa Fe to service the trades and tourist industry. LAMY village was in the center of the 16,547 acre LAMY Land Grant that Archbishop LAMY had taken in trust for the church.
LAMY Post Office operated from 1881 to 1963. LAMY is still a major train stop with the nearby Legal Tender Restaurant and Saloon, and lately a museum, open for business from time to time. This "Spirit" cache is placed here in memory of those pioneers and settlers of this area. We solicit the volunteer efforts of cachers like yourselves to place a "Spirit" cache at or near a cemetery of your choosing.
It is obvious to anybody who reads my posts that I could most likely research and write about the cemetery caches every day. But, there's other work to be done and other geocaching events happening that I want to learn about. Especially the space bound travel bug. So, for now this is the last haunted cache that I will write about. For today. Tomorrow is another day and another whim.
I can't justify calling this a community or a town - there just isn't much there. Not much in the way of the living. The history of this area tells all when it comes to the extent of possible spirits that linger. It is a sad and tragic story and one that I would not want to tell much of. But here's the basics.
In 1901 the Dawson coal mine opened and a railroad was constructed from Dawson to Tucumcari and the town was born. Then in 1906, the Phelps Dodge company bought the mine and increased development. Dawson went on to have its own newspaper, the Dawson News, a theater, hotel, modern homes, hospital, baseball park, golf course, bowling alley and more. Dawson's high school basketball and football teams went on to win many awards. Then disaster struck, not once, but twice. On October 22, 1913 at 3:10 P.M., an explosion in the mine killed 263 minors plus two rescuers. Then on February 8, 1923 at 2 P.M., another explosion killed 120 men. Surprisingly though, the town didn't die, but rather went on until the mine was closed down in 1950. When the mine closed, Phelps Dodge sold the whole town, buildings and all, to be carried off to other locations. Today, the cemetery is the main thing to see at Dawson.
Amongst the rocky hills, lays the shabby remains of several grave stones. The wood is rotted on many and the fences are fallen apart - these graves are not maintained. To look at this, you would think - her lays the remains of this little community from long ago. Tho you may see crosses by the dozen, you know that is deceiving. If you read it's history, you know that the real grave is far below the surface, in the mines where hundreds of men died. It must be those men who's spirits can not be kept below and still surface to take a look at who has come to visit this old grave yard.
The cache seems to be an easy one to find, if you can find the area at all. Let's hope your Garmin is ready for spuratic signal. GCMGAW, Dawson Cemetery, was established by PRanger. I wonder if PRanger has a relative that ties him to the area. Think I'll have to send out a message and find out.
Anyway - here's the bit of info about the cache.
This ammo can is located outside the gates of the Dawson Cemetery.
Dawson - In 1901 the Dawson coal mine opened and a railroad was constructed from Dawson to Tucumcari and the town was born. Then in 1906, the Phelps Dodge company bought the mine and increased development. Dawson went on to have its own newspaper, the Dawson News, a theater, hotel, modern homes, hospital, baseball park, golf course, bowling alley and more. Dawson's high school basketball and football teams went on to win many awards. Then disaster struck, not once, but twice. On October 22, 1913 at 3:10 P.M., an explosion in the mine killed 263 minors plus two rescuers. Then on February 8, 1923 at 2 P.M., another explosion killed 120 men. Surprisingly though, the town didn't die, but rather went on until the mine was closed down in 1950. When the mine closed, Phelps Dodge sold the whole town, buildings and all, to be carried off to other locations. Today, the cemetery is the main thing to see at Dawson.
Getting there : Turn off Hwy. 64 on to Dawson Rd., just south of the Colfax Tavern. Drive 5 miles on Dawson road and you made it.
Please hide better than you found it.
That's it for now. I am sure I will not be able to resist a few more post of haunted geocaches. But, here is just one more little goodie for you. This video of Dawson Cemetery is great, especially if you don't think you will ever make it there yourself. The shear silence of the person who taped it is quite eerie.