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Historic Cliff House Traditional Geocache

This cache has been archived.

captnemo: At the request of the property owners this cache has been archived.

The original owners of the store have retired and the store is closed.

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Hidden : 05/25/2011
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:



The Historic Cliff House

The Cliff House, Newberry Market, Deel Plumbing, and The Post Office, all are names this building has been known by.

In the 1930's this was known as "The Cliff House" It sported a gas station - cafe - cabins for rent - general store - post office - public swimming pool - flag stop for both Greyhound and Continental Trailways bus lines - and the location of the only telephone in the community until the mid 1950's. The phone was an old wooden box with a crank on the side to ring the bell. It had a mouth piece in the front and the separate ear piece hung from the cradle. Newberry was one long and one short ring. The Cliff House was a welcome shady rest stop for travelers along RT. 66.

Walk around the East side of the building and a short way up the drive. Look ahead and up to the right. On the side of the hill you will see one of the remaining stone water tanks used to service the facility prior to pressure tanks and submersible pumps.

Up in the hills to the South of The Cliff House, and a bit to the East, are Indian Petroglyphs and an Ancient cave. There used to be a geocache up there, but it has been archived, and I couldn't locate any info about it without the GC number. One of the "Oldtimers" remembers a favorite sight around here, a burro, who had the run of the place.

The Cliff House in those days was owned by people named Daughters. As the story goes, one day an old touring car, top heavy and piled high with furniture and cotton sacks of belongings, ran out of gas in front of the store. The occupants all got out, and there along with the batch of kids from the back seat came this baby burro. It seems that the mother burro had been hit by a car somewhere West of Needles and they had picked up the baby. With all of his kids bawling their eyes out, the father traded the burro to Daughters for 5 gallons of gas.

That burro had the run of the place. Every kid in Newberry was his pal. They shared their soda pop and candy easier with the burro than they would with their brothers and sisters.

I wonder what ever happened to Daughter's burro? Copyright 1995, William E. Smith, All Rights Reserved

The Historic Cliff House is one of the stops on the Self-Guided Tour of Newberry Springs, a copy of which can be picked up here, or nearby at the Historic Armstrong House, or downloaded from the internet here:

Placed with owner permission.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)