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cache type Genesee Valley Aqueduct cache cache size

by Paleoman
(Finds: 95   Score: 428)   (Hidden: 14   Score: 60)

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 42° 34.243'   W 078° 02.719'
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Portageville ,    New York    14536
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 28 Nov 2006
Waypoint (Landmark): N02680
Open Cache:    Unrestricted
Cache type:    Normal
Cache size:    Normal

Difficulty:   gps gps (easy)
Terrain:   gps gps gps (moderate)
Misc: Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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This is a regular cache (30 cal. Ammo box) hidden in a historic location along the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail (#7) in Letchworth State Park. There is no access fee to pay to enter this area of the Park.

Letchworth State Park approval # LSP-20

My purpose in placing this cache is to bring attention to a very historic landmark along the Letchworth Greenway Trail (Trail #7), which is a part of the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) system. At this location the engineers that designed the Genesee Valley Canal (1836-1878) were met with a big challenge, they had to cross the Genesee River. The Aqueduct that was designed to do this task consisted of a 400 foot wooden trough that was supported by seven stone piers. This was all perched about 50 feet above the Genesee River. One of the problems that existed with this Aqueduct was that it leaked like a sieve, and in the winter months massive ice formations would build up beneath the trough and cause considerable strain on the structure. Today, all that remains of this Aqueduct are the two bank abutments and one stone pier in the middle of the Genesee River.

Park at N42.34.325 W078.02.461 to begin your journey.

The cache is placed nearby and it is not in a dangerous location. The trail is muddy in spots so wear appropriate footwear. It can be reached by walking the Finger Lakes Trail that starts at the parking location, and follow the yellow blazes until the trail follows a path down the bank and connects with the old railroad bed. Once at this location make a left turn on the railroad bed and hike approximately 0.13 miles to the cache area. You will only have to go about 20 feet off the railroad bed to find the cache. You will be looking for a standard 30 cal. Ammo can filled with trade goods and a logbook for you to sign. After visiting this cache you may want to visit “Low and Behold”. This cache is nearby and is a nice hike down the trail into the falls area of the Park.

This cache is hid very well so please be sure to re-hide this cache even better than you have found it. Remember the cache will only be as good as the last person to hide it!

Many Thanks to Roland Beck, Park Manager, for taking his time to check and approve this cache

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I found it! 12 Apr 2007 by  BrianofJava   (Finds: 15   Score: 58)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
I had "My Three Sons" with me today and I'm not talking about my DVD Collection of the 1950's(?) television sitcom. Peter, Evan and Lucas (13, 10 and 5) teamed up with me for our first "Team Java" effort.
This comepletes a Paleo-tri-fecta for today. We planned on an entire day of Paleoman caches but nasty weather kept us from getting an early start. I am still amazed that Lucas kept up during the three long walks. This was a great hide in a very nice area. I always appreciate the history lessons also.
Thank you Paleoman!

I found it! 09 Dec 2006 by  Szuchie   (Finds: 146   Score: 577)   (Hidden: 5   Score: 26)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
What a fantastic cache on such a chilly, but yet beautifully sunny day. Ever since this cache posted it has topped my list of “must do” caches. P-Man always has a way of infusing wonderful hikes with a marvelous bit of history about the area.

This cache is a perfect example of how every cache should be. The hike in along the Genesee River was gorgeous. Who doesn't love a rigorous hike to the sound of rushing water! Midway through our hike Chicky and I paused to take in the great view. What a treat to be able to soak in the beautiful river gorge and the quaint town of Portageville all at once. What an epic spot!

Further along the trail I happened to see something starting at us…and there, 30 feet away we see a young buck just sitting on the ground pondering why people were out messing around on his turf. Once to the cache site we were both amazed at how magnificent a location this was. We went to the river overlook and really enjoyed imagining a bridge and aqueduct running across the river over the abutments. It’s always fascinating for me to see remnants of old buildings and structures and visual the function they played so many years ago.

As for the cache, thankfully I had brought Chicky along and she was able to make rather quick work of the cache find (because there was no telling how long I was going to be there before I finally wised up! ).

Ken, as always you have shown us another unique spot - all while guiding us toward some local history. We have continually enjoyed the places, lessons, and adventures you have provided for us and we always look forward to more of your thoughtful hides. Thank you for a great morning hike in yet another in a long line of fantastic places in Letchworth that I have never had the privilege to explore until now.


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