In Wisconsin, United States
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Old logging dam
This cache is situated next to the remains of an old dam on the North Fork of the Eau Claire river. My dad spoke of some Italians and some Afro-Americans who came to the area after the white pine logging had ceased. The red pine plantation is probably planted on an abandoned field cleared by a black family named Reesebe – I am guessing as to the correct spelling.
I am figuring the dam to be about 100 years old. The main dike has a bearing of 160 degrees and the sluice way has a bearing of 240 degrees. The cache is near where the main gate may have been. The river has washed out the dike on the south end. Numerous pilings, timber, and wrought iron spikes remain. BE VERY CAREFUL OF THESE REMAINING SPIKES WHEN EXPLORING THE DAM.
The sluice way is now visible in two segments: one near the cache and the second visible in the river itself. Numerous pilings can be seen on the upstream side of the dike. I have no idea where the quartzitic sandstone was quarried to build the dike. It does occur as bedrock locally.
There is a two rut trail leading to the site and it is sometimes difficult to drive on. Bear ticks are in the area.
Re-release trackable digital fish #3588
The cache is an ammo can.
Last Updated: on 5/3/2013 11:31:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time (6:31 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum