A letterbox hybrid designed to provide a little known piece of
history of the area.
Information below taken from the Town of West Seneca
"One of the most colorful characters in West Seneca history
was William Sheppard, known as "Old Shep". Born in 1830 in the
southern state of Missouri, William claimed to have ridden with
Jesse James. His wanderings eventually brought him to West Seneca
when he was about 80 years old. He made his home in shacks and
tents along Cazenovia Creek, eventually settling into crude
lodgings next to the old Leydecker Road covered bridge.
Although a friendly man, Old Shep was far from outspoken and
would only make conversation with those he knew well. People he did
speak with enjoyed some fascinating tales. There was talk of the
Civil War, the Wild West and Jesse James. Old Shep died March 31,
1933 after a winter of illness. Newspapers of the time estimated
"The Hermit of Cazenovia Valley" to be anywhere from 104 to 106
years of age at the time ofhis death.
Old Shep had many run-ins with West Seneca residents. In an
encounter that occurred in 1913, Henry P. Heck was hunting on
family land off Leydecker Road. Henry apparently strayed close to
Old Shep's shack and Shep came out and demanded that Mr. Heck leave
immediately. When Henry did not leave fast enough, Old Shep grabbed
an ax and threw it at Henry. Fortunately Old Shep missed and the ax
lodged in a tree. Henry retrieved the ax and quickly left the area.
Henry P. Heck's grandchildren still have that ax wielded by Old
The Leydecker Road Bridge in February 2008.
Now, to get to the cache that you seek, it doesn't matter if
you're strong or weak
Find the Leydecker Road Bridge and park your car, then proceed
not very far...
Go to N 42° 49.965 W 078° 42.681, and find the giants that
still stand, walk twenty paces to the east on the land.
This giant was probably a young'n when Old Shep lived amongst