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Counterfeiter's Den Cache

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Hidden : 02/13/2005
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is in very well hidden den that may have been used by counterfeiters living in the rocks.

This cache is a bit "over the edge". I'm trying to make it as hard as I can, but still give enough hints to find the cache. This is NOT one of those drive-by, wham, bam, thank-you mam cache's!

Here's a little history lesson on the area the cache is hidden in, from a friend of mine, Christopher.

In the area this cache was placed was a family from Ohio printing bogus money, or counterfeiting in the early 1900's.

Levi Epstien peddled clothing and shoes from Sheffield to Clarion. He was actually selling to the counterfeiting family, when the Department of Revenue raided the Rocks!

This is really an interesting subject, unfortunately a Mr.. (John?) Burns, from Barnes who grew up in Brookston and spent his life working the old TV Railroad that ran up the valley, passed away. He was an authority on the Rocks, and knew all of the history of the families involved. I spoke with his nephew and got this story:

"Well after the Civil war, the government raided a rock outcropping where a family or gang of counterfeiters was holed up. One of the gang members was shot and killed during the raid, and ensuing gun fight. There is a long flat stone that hangs over with a flat wall below it, underneath it all a stone sticks out maybe a foot. This small rock has the name of the family (Hopkins or Hoffman?)carved into it. The side closest to the RR Tracks may contain a cave entrance."

I have been told the head of the "gang" was a woman they called "Maw".

There have been different rumors over the years about hidden counterfeiter's press plates and the gun fight that occurred. At least to enough to attract people searching out those plates.

Christopher S.

I gave the coords that are as accurate as I can get, except the ELEVATION may be a little off! To do this cache, you need a climbing harness, climbing ropes and the ability to use them! There is a second way "in" but it's very strongly suggested that you use a climbing harness and ropes and be tied to an appropriate anchor.

Once you get to the spot, the cache will be right there in front of you in plain view, in a plastic tool box. The cache contains trades, a log book and pen.

Congrats to the first, and ALL finders! You deserve a big congratulations!

NOTE: This cache should be attempted by experienced climbers only!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Va n fznyy pnir "bire gur rqtr". Ybjre qbja sebz nobir.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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