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Troop 436 Cache to Eagle #1 Lombard Micro Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 08/06/2006
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Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Cache originally placed by Hiram357 in September,2006 and adopted by Mapachi in March, 2009. As of May 2011 it was adopted by Waterville Boy Scout Troop 436. Thank You to Mapachi for allowing us to adopt it. It's hidden near the Lombard Log Hauler (not on it, or in it) The Hauler is often overlooked as hundreds of people pass by it everyday, so now here's your chance to stop and have a look at it! You can park in the municipal parking lot (35' away from the cache).

Reaching the rank of Eagle Scout in the BSA requires years of dedication & hard work. The scout must complete 21 required merit badges, advance through 7 ranks of increasing difficulty, & serve in 1 or more positions of responsibility for a total of 16 months. Then he must plan and execute a service project consisting on average of 167 service hours. The project must benefit the community or a nonprofit organization. In 2008 alone, Eagle projects translated in to $16 million is service to our communities. ( based on the national volunteer hour value of $19.51 )

In 2010 The Boy Scouts turned 100 years old. The BSA introduced several new merit badges that year. One of them was Geocaching. The BSA also started a program for the scouts working on Eagle Service Projects, this is called Cache to Eagle. The BSA now asks the Scouts to set geocaches at the sites of their Eagle Service Projects, so that more of the public can see what we do in Scouting.

The Lombard Log Hauler was an Eagle Project for Nicholas M. His project was to refurbish the hauler over the summer of 2008. We would like to thank all the volunteers that helped on the project for a total of 170 hours. We would also like to thank Sherwin Williams,Kelly's Painting, Security Fence Co.& theCity of Waterville for their donations to the project. We would like to congratulate Nicholas on earning the rank of Eagle on 6/29/09. Please check out the his before and after photos in the gallery.

The Lombard Steam Log Hauler was the original crawler type overland tractor. In 1901, Alvin Lombard was granted a patent on the track which would give wheels traction in the snow and in that year he built the first power log hauler at the Waterville Iron Works in Waterville, Maine. This type of track was the ancestor of all crawler type tracks such as military tanks, bulldozers, tractors, etc. The first log haulers were steered by horses. Later, a steersman sat on the front of the sled, guiding the hauler by a large iron wheel that turned the runners & they had no brakes. The log haulers operated best on the roads formerly used by horses. The machine could haul up to 300 tons. The logs were hauled on sleds in trains of four to ten sleds. Their speed was 4 or 5 miles per hour and up to 20 miles per hour downhill. The haulers weighed between 10 to 30 tons. A total of Eighty- three Lombard steam log haulers were all that was made. They were mostly used in Maine and New Hampshire but three went to Russia, and one each to Wisconsin and Michigan.

Here are some sites with lots of information about the log hauler.

This site is the home page of the Lumberman’s
Museum in Patten, Me
(visit link)

This site is the home page for the Museum in Lenords Mills in Bradley, Me(Near Orono, ME)
(visit link)

This is a PDF of an 8 page history of the Lombard Log hauler
(visit link)


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