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Beek's Place

A cache by crazygramma Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 7/4/2005
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Elevation 2820'. This cache is located near some ruins near the junction of Black Star Cyn and the Main Divide Truck Trail. It's about 8 miles from the Black Star trailhead, or about 6 miles from the Skyline Dr trailhead in Corona. It is a 2x2" diameter container.

On a clear day the views are great from here! You can find some shady places to rest and have a snack and explore the ruins. See if you can find a concrete slab that says 'JAB 9-26-41'. This was a footing for one of the wind generator towers.

These ruins are what's left of a weekend getaway place of a Mr. Joseph A. Beek, who served as the Newport Harbor Master for a short time. In 1919 he obtained the franchise for the Balboa Island Ferry which remains in the family to this day. He also served as secretary of the CA State Senate for a few years, until his death in 1968.
The main cabin was built during the 30's, and the smaller one shortly thereafter. They were one room each. The smaller one was built for a caretaker. Although the family only used it on weekends, sometimes a caretaker would live there for up to a few months at a time. The family still goes up there occasionally, but due to constant vandalism and theft, it became impossible to maintain.
All the coniferous trees were planted by the family. A system of cisterns can be seen around the area for water storage which made it possible to grow the trees. One cistern a little ways down from the main cabin was used as a swimming pool.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Haqre n ebpx. Ybbx arne gerr/srapr.

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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