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WR7X: Most of the old buildings have been torn down since this cache was placed, and there is now a new house with curious homeowners watching, so time to say goodbye to this hide.

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Beech Creek: Ghost Town & ELO

A cache by WR7X Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 4/12/2014
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

A quick roadside cache in beautiful downtown Beech Creek!


The ghost town of Beech Creek has all but melted back in to the earth.  A few old wooden buildings remain (please do not go exploring inside any of them).  The Beech Creek post office operated from 1900-1955. Some early maps have the site spelled Beach Creek.

Most curious of all was the establishment in the early 1930s of an emergency fire lookout.  Forest Service maps show a lookout icon to the northwest of the cache, so I suspect it was located on the small hump just north of the fenceline, near the trees.  Having not yet found any photo or solid documented evidence, I would guess this was a simple Osborne firefinder on a stand, similiar to the still-existing one at Prairie City, and used during lightning storms or whenever someone happened to see smoke on the surrounding hills.  In any case, the emergency lookout ceased by the late 1940s and its history, much like the rest of Beech Creek, has faded into the distant past.

This should be a fairly quick park and grab.  You're looking for a clear, plastic container.  Be sure to cover it back up so it doesn't disappear.  In the winter be prepared to dig it out of the snow.

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