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cache type Portkey: Hawley Bridge cache size

by Gryffindor1
(Finds: 52   Score: 202.5)   (Hidden: 8   Score: 25)

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 43° 07.289'   W 078° 43.956'
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Lockport ,    New York    14094
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 15 Nov 2006
Waypoint (Landmark): N02344
Open Cache:    Non-commercial use only
Cache type:    Normal
Cache size:    Normal

Difficulty:   gps half gps (easy)
Terrain:   gps half gps (easy)
Misc: Pets are allowed.

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In the world of Harry Potter, wizards have many means of moving from place-to-place. One method that can be used to move from one location to another is a Portkey. A Portkey is an ordinary looking item that is enchanted to transport people from one location to another. This cache is a Travel Bug Portkey. The container is an ordinary-looking 50mm ammo can. This Portkey has two possible destinations: the Northern Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio. If you have a travel bug you wish to have moved to either of those locations, place the bug in the cache, and we will move it. Please indicate in your log which Portkey destination you prefer. There is room in the Portkey for other trade items as well!

This cache is named for the Hawley Bridge which once resided at this site. I was unable to find much information on the bridge itself except for the fact that it was most likely named after Jesse Hawley, who was a flour merchant from Geneva, NY. He was an early and major proponent of building the Erie Canal.

Struggling to receive shipments and make deliveries over the wretched roadways of the era, Hawley imagined the canal as early as 1805. Eventually, in 1807, Hawley's difficulties in securing reasonably priced transportation drove him to debtors prison for twenty months. While in prison, writing under the name Hercules, he published fourteen essays on the idea of the canal from the Hudson river to Lake Erie; they appeared in the "Genesee Messenger".

Considering his modest education and lack of formal training as an engineer or surveyor, Hawley's writing was remarkable; he pulled together a wealth of information necessary to the project, provided detailed analysis of the problems to be solved, and wrote with great eloquence and foresight on the importance the canal would have to the state and to the nation. Though they were deemed the ravings of a madman by some, Hawley's essays were to prove immensely influential on the development of the canal. (information plagiarized from Wikipedia)

I was unable to find any information as to when the bridge was built or when/why it was removed, but we can still see where it was. I will be happy to add any information that someone else may have.

Update - I went to visit the *very* friendly people at the Niagara Historical Society. We were able to find out that the bridge was once used by school children. On the other side of the canal, School #6 resided. The map we were looking at was from the 1800's - so the Hawley Bridge was really old!

New information... Evidently, the School #6 building is still standing on the other side of the canal - it was turned into a house! I also found out that the Hawley Bridge was taken down sometime after 1970. I guess the Erie Canal people had assessed that there were too many bridges along the canal, a lot of which needed extensive repairs. The Hawley Bridge was taken down along with a bunch of others. The bridges at Robinson Road and at Fisk/Feigle Road were built to provide access across the canal in place of all the other bridges that were removed. It's amazing the amount of history in this area - I love it!

This cache is not meant to be difficult at all - just an easy way to move Travelbugs around (and not just ones going to PA or Ohio) and enjoy another part of the Erie Canalway trail. Also, please obey the No Parking signs.




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I found it! 06 Jan 2008 by  Rayman77   (Finds: 104   Score: 393.5)   (Hidden: 10   Score: 32.5)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Yikes, it's been 7 months since I've been on this site? Guess I'll have a bunch of cross-posting of logs to do!

Was out with BarbershopDru this day caching along the canal. Found a spot to park along the road close by and made the short walk to this one. I found it quickly and didn't make any trades. TFTC.
I found it! 27 May 2007 by  Rev Mike   (Finds: 32   Score: 128.5)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Found while out caching on a beautiful day in the Amherst/Lockport area with Mr. Midnight.

Cool cache.
Great to know there are even more trails along the Erie canal that I will have to come back to explore.
Memorable cache... Mr. Midnight hit his head on a tree.

No Trade - TFTC - Nice Hide.

- Rev Mike
I found it! 24 Nov 2006 by  WhiteUrkel   (Finds: 172   Score: 635)   (Hidden: 40   Score: 156)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Darn it, second to log on Navicache. Oh so what, I have more Navicache finds them him. And no, I'm not really serious. This one, Gryff, took me about 1/2 hour to find!! I even called a previous finder, but they weren't home. Had to do it all by myself!! Probably just me though, I don't think it needs 3.5 stars or anything. Took a TB from the geocaching.com side, SL. TFTC.
I found it! 21 Nov 2006 by  mickemt   (Finds: 172   Score: 590.5)   (Hidden: 71   Score: 266)
     Open Log:    Unrestricted
FTL on Navicache!! Very nicely hidden, will try to find out more on the history of the bridge.
MickEMT
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