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Forgotten Village Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 06/17/2017
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Geocache Description:

Wandering in this borderland wilderness today you will probably notice nothing more but trees and bushes. Most contemporary maps show here only a seemingly meaningless name "Bakšiškiai". It is hard to believe but there used to be a real village here. Pre-war maps clearly show it (Bokszyszki in Polish, Bakšiškiai in Lithuanian). A German map from 1944 still shows the village to exist.

It is difficult to say what happened next. Either the village was wiped out during the Soviet offensive or, more likely, when the USSR occupied Lithuania in 1944-1990, the village turned out to be in the border-protection zone and its inhabitants were forced to leave. In time their farmsteads slowly turned into ruins and were covered by dense vegetation. Some ruins, however, can still be found here, best visible in early spring or late autumn. The cache is hidden in one of them, made quite noticeable by recent cuts in the forest.

The geocache is near the Russian border so a valid ID document or passport MUST be carried by every geocacher visiting the cache.

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