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Scattered Remains

A cache by Quest Master Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 01/17/2002
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache will be found amongst scattered remains.

I came across this place many years ago by accident when I got lost on the way to White Rocks. It is a really strange place to find way back in the woods. I half expected Rod Serling to walk out from behind a tree and tell me I had entered the Twilight Zone. I eventually figured out where I was and found my way back to my car but nobody believes my stories about this place. I’ll offer some directions and GPS coordinates so that you can go there to see it for yourself.

The cache is in the scattered remains of an abandoned industrial complex. It seems as though they pulled out of here in a hurry and left everything behind. There are numerous structures, rail lines, and other stuff spread out over this vast area of about 100 acres. I made a trip to the local library to see what I could find out about this place. I learned that the DuPont Company owned the site and that it produced gunpowder during the World Wars. It was an extremely dangerous place to work given that several men lost their lives in various accidents at the plant. There were three major explosions in the World War I era and at least one more during World War II. On the morning of November 20, 1942, two men who were packing silk bags of rifle powder into steel kegs were "blown to bits" in an explosion that rocked Fairchance and shattered the windows of nearby homes. Look for wooden structures filled with dirt along the sides of some of the buildings. These structures are ramparts designed to contain the blast in the event of an accident like this one. They must have worked as advertised because none of the other workers at the plant were seriously injured. I do not know why or when production at this facility ceased. I'm guessing that it had outlived its usefulness when the war ended and that was that for that. One can only wonder about what all this stuff was for and what this place might have looked like when the plant was in full operation.

Warning: Steer clear of the ruins as much as possible. The cache is not hidden in any ruins! There are bits of rusty metal, crumbling walls, and other unusual hazards in this area. Please be careful.

Directions: I know of no way to get into this area from Hopwood/Fairchance Road without crossing private property. Please do not attempt to get to the cache from this direction without first obtaining permission from the property owners. The only way that I know of to get to the Scattered Remains these days is to hike a complicated maze of trails from the unpaved road that goes to the Hi-To Club which is located on the outskirts of Farichance. Take Main Street to East Elm Street and turn right. Follow this road to an informal parking area near the Hi-To Club. Please use the following waypoints:

#1 39° 49.583', -79° 43.788' Trailhead
#2 39° 49.560', -79° 43.650' Turn Left
#3 39° 49.640', -79° 43.322' Turn Left
#4 39° 49.788', -79° 43.362' Turn Left
#5 39° 49.810', -79° 43.430' Turn Right
#6 39° 49.957', -79° 43.462' Wing It!

Three Rivers Informal Geocaching Organization

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

pyrne bar tnyyba cynfgvp pbagnvare uvqqra va oynpx cynfgvp cvcr va fznyy fghzc unysjnl orgjrra gjb sbhaqngvbaf

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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