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7 Souvenirs of August

Mystery Cache

Robbing the Nancy Hanks II

Hidden : 9/6/2007
In Georgia, United States
4 out of 5
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The posted coordinates are for benchmark DG3522, nothing to do with this cache. The cache, a tall Lock-n-Lock, is located in Montana’s favorite playground. Be cautious around hunting seasons as this land may be hunted on. There is somewhat of a hike to the cache, I would consider it easy if you take that way in but I’m leaving the terrain level high for those that look for the shorter back door.

FTF johnnie!

The Nancy Hanks was a Central of Georgia Railway passenger train running between Atlanta and Savannah. It was named after a race horse who was named for Abraham Lincoln's mother. The name is from a short-lived but famous steam special, the Nancy Hanks 1892 & 1893. Nancy Hanks II made her first trip on July 17, 1947.

"The Nancy," was an all-coach, reserved-seat train with grill lounge service. It left Savannah daily at 7 a.m. for a six-hour run via Macon to Atlanta and returned from Atlanta Terminal Station at 6 p.m. In the 1960's the Central leased a newly renovated 85 feet long dome car for service on the Nancy Hanks II that boosted ticket sales for a growing unpopular mode of trasportation. April 30, 1971, saw the last run of the Nancy Hanks II.

Atlanta Journal Constitution April 8 1957

Attempted Robbery!

Daring gunman robs the Nancy Hanks II mail/baggage car.

Yesterday afternoon the Georgia State Police, along with three county sheriff’s departments, were called out to track down a lone gunman that robbed the mail/baggage car on the Nancy Hanks II passenger train.

The train was southbound through an area where Maintenance of Way employees were working. For safety, the section foreman had issued a 20 mph slow order for several miles. Taking advantage of the train’s limited speed, the gunman jumped from the Gorden road bridge near Moreland onto the mail/baggage car. He then entered the car, and at gunpoint, forced the conductor to give him the metal strongbox that held large denomination interbank treasury notes.

In his haste, much of the cash was strewn throughout the car. However, police concluded the gunman was on the train long enough to fill several bags with the money. Although much was recovered, the Central of Georgia is currently keeping the missing amount unknown.

Passengers in the dome car witnessed the gunman's bold leap at 11:53:02 AM, but thought it only to be a daredevil stunt by an intoxicated hooligan. Little did they know of the events about to unfold.

The C.O.G. security escort tried to halt the robbery, but was killed instantly when he was shot by the gunman. The conductor received grievous injury when he was shot as well and was unconscious for an unknown amount of time. When the conductor regained consciousness, it took him several minutes to get into a position where he could pull the emergency lever to stop the train.

The ticket master was in the next car back, and reported seeing the gunman jump off the moving train into Walnut Creek at 12:25:05 PM. He witnessed the gunman struggling to the creek's bank, then limping badly towards a truck stopped on nearby Hwy 27.

After a quick evaluation of the events, the engineer proceeded to the next major crossing where medical aid and law enforcement could be summoned quickly. With renewed speed, the train traveled the 13.1 miles in a very brief time. The photograph below is where the train had come to a stop and medical personal assisted the wounded, Central of Georgia employees, and authorities conducted their investigation.

Forty five minutes after the emergency call came through, a Coweta County deputy stopped a black 1951 Chevy pickup truck near Newnan, for speeding through Moreland. When the deputy approached the truck and asked about the speeding, the driver stated that they were on the way to the hospital to treat the passenger for a broken leg, having been kicked by a stubborn mule. When the deputy spotted a gun while the driver opened his glove box for the vehicle registration, he put the two men in the sheriff’s car and did a search and found homemade liquor and large denomination bills behind the seat. The sheriff’s department is now holding the two men for questioning. The deputy photographed the evidence below.

Please respect this cache and others by;
* Retrieving the cache when mugglers are not watching.
* Trading with the cache with integrity, if you don’t have any, stop at the SWAG & personal signature item store before finding the cache.
* Completely covering and concealing the cache, it’s at an obvious location for experienced cachers.
*Giving no clues or hints about this cache puzzle or its geographical location in your log.
*** Be warned, hunters may hunt on this land during hunting seasons. "Investigating the Nancy" is the key.


The ticketmaster from the Nancy Hanks II has made a tentative identification of the robber. Simply called “Johnnie” by the local inhabitants, this man is frequently seen aimlessly wandering the North Georgia mountains. Seemingly “bewildered & lost” when in urban areas, he has been arrested several times for common vagrancy. The Coweta County sheriff's department has yet to make an official statement confirming or denying the possible identification made by the ticketmaster.

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