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Ridgewood Pyramids

A cache by Yerocrg Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 01/17/2005
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is located in a small park in Ridgewood. There are some odd pyramid-shaped foundations in the park (hence the name). The cache is about 50-100 feet from the sidewalk, so this is great for a lunchtime cache, or for introducing kids to geocaching.

The container is a 4 oz. Nalgene Straight Jar with a logbook, pencil and stash note. There is room for some very small trading items. The cache is near a small river with a small waterfall where it flows over a small dam. There are benches nearby. Ramapo e-mailed me with the story behind the ruins, so I am posting it here. (The below information is how I received it)

Hi...I immediately recognized the pyramid ruins as a leftover dam. Here's some info I found with a quick google...

" Following the Civil War different type of new families started moving into Ho-Ho-Kus. They were known as the commuters! The Erie Railroad had begun a campaign for new settlers to the lands which it traversed. The railroad, in 1878, published "The Erie Guide Book" and "Where To Spend The Summer" in which glowing pictures of suburban towns were painted. Ho-Ho-Kus is given attention in the pamphlets with a beginning line that reads, "Hohokus station is one of the most picturesque on the Erie".

Part of the attraction was the existence of fifty acres of Sylvan Lake located on the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook and formed by a fifty foot high cut brownstone dam built in 1863 by the John Zabriskie family in order to supply water to the Zabriskie Mill. The purpose was to supply power to local mills. The lake was a true recreational facility as it provided ice skating, canoeing and swimming. On its western shoreline was the Ho-Ho-Kus Hotel and dance pavilion. The eastern shore was known as Knollwood Park. Unfortunately, when the dam broke in 1892, the lake disappeared along with the summer tourist attraction."

(That must've caused a pretty significant flooding event)

and...

"Another early recreational facility, not presently reflected on Borough maps, was the 50 acre Sylvan Lake located on the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook and formed by a 50 foot high cut brownstone dam built in 1863 by John ?Jake? Zabriskie in order to supply water power to local mills. The ruins of the dam still exist across from the present post office. The lake was used for skating, canoeing and swimming, and a hotel and dance pavilion were located on the western shoreline."

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