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Arran Letter Box

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Hidden : 4/29/2012
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This is a Letterbox Hybrid cache, the stamp it contains is a central part of the cache and should not be removed!

Rather than swaps leave your calling card/stamp mark here and stamp your own notebook with the letterbox stamp.

The Stone Pillar Box stands at the junction of the String and Machrie Moor. At one time mail from the settlements along the west coast north from Machrie were deposited in a white wooden postbox at this spot to be picked up by the horse drawn mail brake between Shiskine and Brodick. Unfortunately in the 1870s a horse shied at the spot, supposedly startled by the white wooden postbox, and threw its rider. Hearing of the event one of the guests at the Earl of Arran's Dougarie Hunting Lodge paid for David Wilson, the Shiskine stonemason, to build a more permanent replacement, less startling to equine travelers.

Supposedly Wilson produced this most decorative of postboxes because he felt that he had been paid too much for a simpler stone box. The actual carvings which decorate the Permian sandstone blocks on three sides of the letterbox are copies of mason's marks that Wilson would have seen during his work, although very much larger and more prominent than the originals. Unfortunately the Stone Pillar Box was toppled by a motor accident, but the pieces were saved and this most unusual of letter boxes was open for business again in November 1993 on reinforced foundations.

Thanks to Jango+Boba Fett for the original cache

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