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Wayward Coal Car in Blue Mountain Lake

A cache by adkandy Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 07/06/2016
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

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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