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Buckman pool is located on Magazine Mountain within the State Park boundaries. This cache is located just off the Will Apple road trail. The cache can be acessed from either the visitor center which is 1.26 miles to the cache or from the horse camp which is about .5 miles to the cache. This scene will give you a snapshot of the early settlers, and tourist that once occupied the mountain during the late 1800's
In 1819 Thomas Nuttall was one of the first explorers to make note of Magazine Mountain as he travelled up the Arkansas River, and this mountain must have made quiet an impression on him. Each mountain along the river was called a magazine. Mount Magazine was called several different names before Mount Magazine stuck since it was the tallest of the magazines along the river.
After the Civil War families began settling on Mount Magazine. In 1853 excess land was sold for $2.50/ acre that was left over from a railroad grant. Later in 1862 the Homestead Act opened 270 million acres in the United States where settlers could also claim land.
These settlers were drawn to Mount Magazine to escape the heat in the valley below. They farmed the land by growing corn,onions,potatoes and watermelons. Orchards of apples,pears and peaches were also planted.
One of these settlers named Tom Buckman made a living by not so much farming but rather than the tourist business.Tom Buckman came to the mountain in the 1890's where he built cabins to accommodate the tourist. He also built a swimming pool of stone and tar below one of the springs. He would pump the water from the spring to the pool to fill it up.
Today you can still see the remains of the pool, and the spring that still has the cement rock wall built around it. It is easy to sit beside the pool and imagine what life was like during the late 1800's. You can picture the people swimming in the pool during the hot summer months.
State Park permit numer: PT35-009
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Last Updated: on 3/17/2015 9:11:49 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:11 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum