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Found it van der Decken found Brass Cap Cache- Smith-Dorrien Rd (Locked)

Saturday, 10 July 2010Alberta, Canada

N 53° 59.681 W 111° 16.647

BCP077 - St. Paul
Elev. 639 metres

Reports of this cap's demise are (slightly) exaggerated.

The closest (semi-legal) parking I could find for this cap was near N53 59.669 W111 16.575. If the adjacent sports fields are in use, you may end up quite a bit further away. The gravel pathway on the old railbed, while technically wide enough for a car, isn't meant for that.

I hadn't realized that this cap had only been found once back in 2005, but I can understand why. The best time to try for this one would likely be in the spring after the snow has melted but before the weeds take hold. There's literally nothing to mark the spot. The marker post is nowhere to be seen, and was likely taken out by the same backhoe that bent the steel collar that the cap sits on. In the summer the whole area around ground zero is covered by dense vegetation, so stumbling upon the cap takes a bit of luck. I got very lucky and Lady Luck let me find the cap right away.

The cap is in surprisingly good shape, with only very minor tool marks on its surface that do not obscure any of the digits. The steel collar it sits on has faired slightly worse. It's more or less flush with the ground, depending on whether you're looking at the straight bit or the bent bit! I wish I'd had some lath to mark the cap with, as the context shot really won't help you much; it's all greenery of one sort or another. About the only bit of advice I can think of is not to go down the bank. The cap is up top.

Thanks for the brass cap.


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BCP077 hiding in the foliage BCP077 hiding in the foliage

BCP077 in context BCP077 in context

Looking west along the old rail line from BCP077 Looking west along the old rail line from BCP077

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