Tiffin 210 : A Tribute To Isotelus Maximus
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The original cache that resided at this location, "210 Tiffin (GCKBCH)", was one of our singular favorite caches. And as we continued to geocache in our area, we found the most challenging, and most imaginative caches we would come across were those created by Isotelus Maximus!.
We could point out a few caches of his that are just terrific, but they all are!
All we can say is that nothing gets TeamMina out of the house faster than when we see a new "I. Max" cache pop up.
This cache is our tribute to him, and a way of keeping this absolutely wonderful location visited by geocachers; new and well, not-so-new. :)
In keeping with the great tradition of Isotelus camoflage, this is our first real camo attempt (that isn't just camo-taped containers).
And thanks again Isotelus Maximus, for keeping NW Ohio a fascinating place to cache!
***It is a caching requirement of this cache to please rehide as hidden! :)***"
The cache location is a 210 ft steel girder bridge built around 1901. It was built by the Wabash Railroad for it's Cannonball line as it passed through the small community of Elmira Ohio, six miles north of Archbold.
This bridge has two separate decks as can be seen by looking at the center pier, you will see that they are not attached to each other. To construct this bridge in this location, they decided to have one long bridge instead of two short bridges, by taking a bend out of the Tiffin river and rerouting Bean Creek further to the north.
The Wabash Cannonball Trail runs on two lines originally established by the Wabash Railroad. The southwestern leg was first built in 1855, running from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Toledo, Ohio, making it one of the oldest rail lines in northwest Ohio.
The east-west line of the Trail was a "new" railroad, having been built around the turn of the century. Some of the towns that sprang up along this line, lacked the ability to thrive when the railroad ceased to be the primary means of transportation. It passed through the communities of Brailey and South Delta, where depots remain in private ownership. It continued on through Wauseon, Elmira, West Unity, and Montpelier. There is an historical museum at the Williams County Fairground in Montpelier, which contains railroad memorabilia, and an old Wabash caboose. Rail service ended on this line around 1990, less than 100 years after it was built.
The WABASH CANNONBALL TRAIL is a 63 mile multi-use recreational trail in Northwest Ohio. It provides non-motorized access to hikers, bikers, equestrians*, and cross-country skiers. The 12 foot wide trail surface varies within the different jurisdictions, from asphalt to hard packed cinder ballast. *Some municipalities may restrict horse traffic within the city limits.
The Wabash Cannonball Trail is one of Ohio's longest rail-trails, covering a total of 63 miles and traversing four counties: Fulton, Henry, Lucas, and Williams. The Trail is owned by several partners within the four counties. With the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) acting as coordinating partner for the project, the land-owning partners are Lucas County, the city of Maumee, Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association, Inc. (NORTA), the Metropark District of the Toledo Area, the city of Wauseon, and the village of Whitehouse.
Congratulations to OnDHunt for the FTF! Way to go!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum