Water Your Horse!
In Pennsylvania, United States
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This cache can be reached by water or land. If you go by water it of course is given a terrain rating of 5. If you go by land the terrain rating would be 3.5.
Cache is in a medium sized pretzel jar covered with brown tape. It contains the following items:tigers eye gemstone, amethyst gemstone, oriental coin of some sort, golf ball found on Millipede Island, AFSCME stress reliever toy, asst. keychains, magnets, coins purses, baseball cards, small sip bottle, etc.
This cache will take you on a scenic and historic tour of the area surrounding the Nebraska Bridge. In recent times the area is best known for being a favorite fishing spot where you can launch a boat or just throw a line in the water from shore. The old one lane bridge which spans the Tionesta Creek is located in a low area and has the reputation of being under water from time to time especially during torrential rainy seasons and when the water is backed up by Tionesta Dam. That in itself is a sight to see. Tionesta Creek eventually empties into the Tionesta Lake and Reservoir. In times gone by, during the oil and timber boom the little town of Nebraska was the sight of great industrial activity. You will see the remains of the bridges that spanned the creek one for a train, the other for automobiles. The Fox Creek “tram” as it was called was used to haul timber from the forest to be processed; much of the timber was used to build wooden barges which were constructed at the Nebraska mills. Most of the barges and boats used at Pittsburgh and on the Ohio River came from the pine forests on the upper Allegheny.
What you will see at the cache site, is one of the last remaining stone troughs, carved out to water horses, located at a spring, on what used to be a road and is now a hiking path. This road followed Fox Creek Tram along Little Coon Creek. Horses and mules were used to haul empty cars to the landing in the woods where the logs were loaded by hand. When loaded, the cars were coasted down hill by gravity with a brakeman to keep them under control. This method was called “Wild Catting”. Boys were often hired to ride the horses back to the mill to be ready for the return trip back to the woods with the empty cars. Evidently, the animals were watered at this trough.
In the latter 1930’s the U.S. Government initiated plans to build a flood control dam on Tionesta Creek. In February, 1940, the residents were given notice to evacuate the town. Everything was torn down and removed including the Methodist church which was disassembled and rebuilt in Grove City. All that is left today is the iron Nebraska Bridge.
The cache can be reached by water or by land. The water is shallow, so a canoe, kayak or small jon or row boat can be used (all water craft has to be licensed to launch here, no matter whether it is powered by motor or by hand). Launch your boat on the up creek side of the Nebraska Bridge. These coordinates are: N41 28.242 W079 22.941. This way is shorter and a bit more scenic. After passing by the remnants of the two bridge abutments, you will notice a low grassy area to your right; put your boat ashore at these coordinates: N41 28.686 W079 22. 600(there is a large rock on the shore that may make it easier to disembark) and make your way across the grassy flats to the flat hiking path that is located up on top of an embankment then continue on to the cache.
If you prefer to hike; you can walk approximately 1.10 miles to the cache site from these parking coordinates: N41 28.813 W079 20.802. To get to this spot, take Guitonville Rd. (SR 3004) to Jones Farm Road and follow to the end until you see a sign reading: Dead End 1000 Ft. There is a pull off on the right of the gravel road. Be prepared to ford the creek at the site of a “troubled bridge over water” as time has taken its toll on this old stone structure; but nonetheless, it is still picturesque. Continue on the flat scenic path to the trough and the cache. If you explore the area, you will notice old foundations and remnants of a mill pond.
This cache is located on Collins Pine public use lands; during hunting seasons, please be aware of hunters and wear blaze orange.
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Last Updated: on 1/24/2017 3:27:45 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:27 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum