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Wayward Coal Car in Blue Mountain Lake

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Hidden : 07/06/2016
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Scuba certification is required for this geocache. Located in 26' of water 792' from the boat launch portion of the public beach in Blue Mountain Lake, You may park directly in front of the beach. From the boat launch beach, take a heading of 330° and swim for 792'. The geocache is in a plastic container and is tied off to the coal car's coupling which is about 2' off the lake bottom. 

For over six years I had heard stories about a "train" in Blue Mountain Lake. After a bit of research in the Adirondack Museum archives, it turns out that there are  no "trains" in the lake, but three coal cars were lost. Two had been salvaged. The third remains intact. The coal had been salvaged soon after the sinking. In August 2004, Boy Scout Venture crew 9 of Clinton set out to find the car. With only limited detail about its location, we found it on our first attempt.  Many people had asked about the car, so in July 2012 we set out to find it again, this time taking measurements and setting a geocache. At that time, I had not included a pad of paper, so it could not be formally added to the geocache database. Only those individuals with whom I shared the map were able to enjoy this site. We've been back to the site several times, but only this year did we add the notebook, pencil, and refill the cache. At least three other people have been to the site this year. With this publication, I hope that others can find and enjoy this little piece of Adirondack history.  Caution: bottom of lake is very silty. Make sure that you keep good bouancy control so that you silt up the water.

The original cache are brass "Pope coins", each sealed in a less then water tight plastic bag.

9/15/17 Update - this cache was recently included in the Children's book series called "The Adirondack Kids, #17, Spies on Castle Rock". Published only a month ago, we've had many young readers try out geocaching!! I'll be heading out to the cache and will be adding limited edition cards (only 25 of them). If you go to the cache and log your find, please let me know which card you get!

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  • Butch and Johnny off on a huntAfter relocating the coal car, we set off to find an old sail/row boat east of the coal car. We didn't find it on this trip.
  • First pic of the cacheThis is what the cache container looked like when it was first placed in July, 2012.
  • First pic of the cacheThis is what the cache container looked like when it was first placed in July, 2012.
  • Geocache displayed w/ OwnerAt 26', the water is a bit green!
  • Getting ready for the diveIt is amazing how much equipment comes along on a simple dive. I believe that there were six of us going to find the car on this dive in '07. Except for my BSA Crew that found the car, this is the first trip where others have seen it in a long time.
  • Johnny picking up golf ballsThere always seems to be an abundance of golf balls on the lake bottom. Bring a net to collect golf balls, cans, etc to keep our lake clean.
  • Just a rockOn the way out to the coal car, you will swim across a very flat and silty bottom. Then, out of nowhere, you will get these rocks left from the ice age.
  • Original flier from 2004As stated in the cache detail, my Boy Scout Crew 9 first found the car in August '04. We dove side by side and luckily found it on our first pass.
  • Slow as a turtleWhat is slower than a turtle? Try a muscle working its way across the lake bottom! Not sure if he knows where he's going.

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