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cache type Yates Settlement cache size

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

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 40.655'   W 078° 07.067'
Rock Glen,   New York   14550
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 29 Oct 2007
Waypoint (Landmark): N02743
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps (easy)
Terrain: gps half gps (easy)

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This is a regular sized cache hidden in an area that was once a pioneer settlement. When searching for this cache please do not handle or move any of the old grave markers.

Back in 1806 when this area was still in its primeval grandeur and densely covered with deciduous forests, a 49 year old Revolutionary War Soldier names Berzillai Yates and his wife Mercy, along with his 93 year old mother Elizabeth, located here on Lot 23, and began to hack out an existence in the wilderness. They had left their home in Medon Massachusetts and traveled here by oxcart to establish Yates Settlement. This became a stagecoach stop. Other buildings that had previously stood in this area were a general store, a sawmill, and a Hotel which doubled as the stagecoach stop. There are no remains of these buildings to been seen today and all there is to remind us of this settlement is a small cemetery perched above the Oatka Creek on its East bank.

There is an interesting bit of folklore connected to this area that I was able to find out about after reading an account that was published in a May 1950 edition of the Historical Wyoming Quarterly magazine. It seems that during the heyday of Yates Settlement a stage coach had stopped at the Hotel and had picked up the mail shipment along with a large quantity of money that was believed to have been kept in a sealed kettle, to be shipped to a neighboring community. There were still many Indians lurking about the area in those days and somehow they had received word of this money shipment. Soon after the Stagecoach left the Hotel and traveled in a southerly direction, several Indians sprang forth from the trees and robbed the stagecoach. Word was sent back immediately to the settlement and several men on horseback pursued the thieves and overtook them a short distance from the site of the robbery. Before the men arrived the Indians had managed to have secreted the money in an unknown location along the way. The Indians never returned for the “Pot of Gold” and to this day it is believed that it is still out there waiting to be discovered just a short distance south of this settlement.

This is located along a very busy highway, so please be very careful when parking along the road and leaving and entering your vehicle.

Park at: N42.40.616 W078.07.107 Please do not do any night caching!

I would like to thank Harold Bush, Town Supervisor of the Town of Gainesville, for allowing this cache to be placed and for helping to bring the history of this area back to life.

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  • Clue #1 
    Vgf abg va gur przrgrel< ohg arneol

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I found it! 29 Oct 2007 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

(Ah Ha! I've been waiting for this to pop on Navicache - this such a good cache - glad to have it listed here for the trillions of navicachers in the WNY area...hahaha...not that I'm complaining. ;) Thanks again Ken - now for the log):

What better way to shake of a horrific case of the Monday’s, than to embark on a fascinating new P-Man cache! When I originally read the cache description, I didn’t put two and two together that this was the same place P-Man had commented about many months ago while driving through the area. He had mentioned a great old cemetery that was right off the road that many folks didn’t know about – and how he wished to share it with others interested in little-known local history.

Well, as I pulled up into the parking, I knew exactly where I was headed. As I made the short walk to ground zero I was overwhelmed by this outstanding little sanctuary – and took a couple minutes to peruse the old stones and marvel at the history here. After doing an initial walk through of the area to check out this spot, I headed towards my zero. After a few pokes by the local pricker population, I wised up and took a more “Szuchie Sensible” route. There I found this VERY well hid cache in short order. Great hide, one I was very lucky to come across (whew!)

As I kneeled down to sign the log book, I didn’t realize this place is overrun with berries/grapes! Yeah, I should know better than to go caching in work cloths…haha. I have stains all over my pants now! That’s okay through I guess, Chicky has assured me that we can “shout” it out. So I stood there for a good 10 minutes screaming at my pants and the stain is still there…maybe next time I’ll give it a stern lecture with intermittent finger shakings. That will show my berry stained trousers!

Anyways, after making a complete spectacle of myself, I rehid the cache and once again began closely observing the history surrounding me. These are the moments I enjoy most – and are also the times that I truly value not only geocaching, but those who strive to show me places such as this. I have always enjoyed learning about these secret fascinating places in my own backyard. It seems in this crazy world we live in, so many people never take the time to really stop, observe and appreciate places such as this. Standing in this small cemetery with the sound of the babbling brook gurgling in the background, I was honored to be here observing a silent moment of reverence for these early pioneers.

Ken this is a captivating cache, one I’m very glad I was able to experience on an autumn evening as beautiful and charming as this. Thank you for putting this together and once again sharing some WNY history with the rest of us. Great hide!


PS - Now that I think of it...I may have signed the log book 10/30/07...haha...sorry...maybe I'm trying to rush the end of this hectic month a wee-bit faster then I should be.


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