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Traditional Geocache

Sandy Creek Cowboy Cache No. 3

Hidden : 6/9/2004
In California, United States
1 out of 5
5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: This cache has a Level 5 terrain rating because special equipment is definitely required. To score this cache you must have with you a safe and sound ladder than can be extended to at least thirteen feet. This Geocache is located within the abandoned ruins of the old Buckman Lithia Water Bottling Plant. Permission to place the cache was given by Amos Buckman’s great granddaughter Barbara Casbere Turner.

Amos Buckman came to San Diego County from San Francisco during the late 1800s. He acquired land in what was then called Chelleno Valley, now the Buckman Springs area. His motivation was to capitalize on the mineral hot-springs that issued into Cottonwood Creek. There were some sixteen spring outflows along the creek. Springs provided useful amounts of carbonated water that contained Lithium and Iron. A 1912 advertisement in the San Diego Union claimed “Highly recommended as an appetizer before and with meals.”

Amos built up a considerable trade and early-on established a tent city to host travelers that came for the restorative powers of the Lithia water. In later years Buckman Springs boasted some sixteen solid structures including hotel, café, feed store, gas station, residences, and the bottling plant. Starting in the 1930s the bottling plant began to concentrate on soda pop. Water was simply dipped from springs along Cottonwood Creek. Flavoring and sugar was added to the spring water to make soda pop. The soda pop was sold and shipped quite successfully. A photo is provided that shows operations within the bottling plant.

Amos and Francis Buckman had four attractive daughters all born during the late 1800s. The daughters lived in Buckman Springs with their parents Amos and Francis. After her mother died Winifred Buckman Casbere took over the bottling-plant business. Winifred worked out of her office in the old hotel just up the road. Great granddaughter Barbara Casbere Turner was born in 1932 and lived in the old Buckman Hotel that can be seen just north of the bottling plant. Barbara worked in the bottling plant through her late teens. Barbara told us that Buckman soda pop was really tasty, especially the lemon flavored variety. Do be careful when retrieving the container.

Please make sure that your ladder is safe and sound. Bring along a friend that has credible ladder-climbing experience. We look forward to some interesting log entries and hope that many photos are posted to show your recovery technique. Good luck and best wishes for a good time. The Sandy Creek Cowboys

Bonus Video Link: Cowboy Reincarnation

Never say die

Rear window Graffiti

JohnSiegel 4,000th Find While Posing With the Lovely Lady of Buckman Bottling Plant

Buckman Lithia Water Bottling Plant

Barbara Casbere Turner With a Pair of the Sandy Creek Cowboys

Note From Barbara Casbere Turner

A Dozen Suspicious Finders

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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Last Updated: on 1/21/2017 6:43:55 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (2:43 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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