On December 6, 1917, the biggest man-made explosion prior to the atom bomb occurred in Halifax Harbour. Halifax was a booming port involved in the World War I effort, but on that December morning the Mont-Blanc, loaded with munitions bound for the war in France, collided with the Imo. The end result was an explosion that devastated the city. Buildings were flattened, more than a thousand people were dead by the end of the day, a thousand more would die before it was all over, and nine thousand people were left injured. For more information about the day and aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, click here.
The Hydrostone area was built as relief housing after the explosion. Completed in 1920, it was designed according to the most up to date town planning principles of the time. Constructed of "hydro-stone" concrete blocks, the 325 dwellings were built along realligned streets with wide treed courts. The area was designed by town planner Thomas Adams, and was Canada's first government-assisted housing project. Some more information on the Hydrostone can be found here.
The cache is located in the Hydrostone Market area. When you visit the cache be sure to check out the information display on the Halifax Explosion and the Hydrostone area.
Please Note: The container in place right now is a fake leaf with a container attached. The sheet in it says it's a decoy, but that's a mistake; I think I had used this container in a youth activity a while back, and I didn't realize the paper in it wasn't a normal log sheet when I put it here to replace the previous container a few weeks ago. So, just sign in a free spot on the paper, and I'll put a normal log sheet in when I get here again.
To find other caches in the Halifax Explosion series, click here.